The Clangers’ production company Coolabi confirmed the sad news in a statement, saying: “We are sad to announce that the artist Peter Firmin has passed away at his home in Kent after a short illness.
"He was eighty-nine.
“During a career spanning over six decades, Peter worked with great skill in a remarkably wide variety of creative disciplines as a fine artist, craftsman and author,” the statement, obtained by The Mirror, read.
“Of all his work he will probably be most fondly remembered for the characters he co-created and made.
“With Ivan Owen he created the cheeky fox Basil Brush, and with his long-time business