The Womble world record holder sells up af­ter 40 years

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Izzy Fer­ris

CHIL­DREN’S TV favourites The Wombles were fa­mous for ‘mak­ing good use of the things that we find’.

And that’s just what one fan, Gill sey­fang, took to heart.

The 50-year-old has spent more than 40 years build­ing up a col­lec­tion of Wombles mem­o­ra­bilia which was recog­nised by Guin­ness World records as the big­gest in ex­is­tence in 2016. now, af­ter achiev­ing record-break­ing sta­tus, she has de­cided to put it up for auc­tion. Miss sey­fang fell in love with the furry, eco-friendly crea­tures, who starred in a BBC1 TV series from 1973 to 1975, while still at school and they in­spired her to help save the planet.

now a uni­ver­sity lec­turer, she owns 1,703 Womble-re­lated items, rang­ing from soft toys to books, badges, keyrings and even Womble-themed rub­bish bins.

With the col­lec­tion due to go on sale to­day at Bri­tish Toy Auc­tions in run­corn, Cheshire, auc­tion­eers are ex­pect­ing in­ter­est from all over the world and be­lieve it could fetch thou­sands of pounds.

The col­lec­tion also in­cludes gold discs pre­sented to the Wombles pop group – which was formed by the theme tune’s writer Mike Batt – au­to­graphs from the show’s writ­ers, pin­ball ma­chines, toy cars, ce­ram­ics and ra­dios.

Miss sey­fang, from nor­wich, said: ‘Grow­ing up in the 1970s, the Wombles were the chil­dren’s TV of choice and their en­vi­ron­men­tal mes­sage of re­cy­cling and reusing rub­bish made a huge im­pres­sion on me. They were eco-war­riors ahead of their time.

‘Then in my mid-teens, i re­dis­cov­ered their mu­si­cal records and was struck by just how funny and charm­ing the songs were.’

When eBay took off in the 1990s, she was able to track down items which were not for sale in the UK.

The Wombles TV series was based on a series of books writ­ten by elis­a­beth Beres­ford.

Vanessa smith, from Bri­tish Toy Auc­tions, said: ‘We’ve been putting feel­ers out there and it looks like there is a good mar­ket of col­lec­tors out there.’

TV favourites: The col­lec­tion, which is up for auc­tion to­day, in­cludes soft toys, badges and cloth­ing Not for sale: Gill Sey­fang with items she is keep­ing

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