Izzy Wizzy, it's a Sooty Celebration!
A new projection show celebrating the 70th birthday of one of TV’s most enduring children’s characters is to be premiered at Blackpool Illuminations.
The specially-commissioned Sooty Show film will be premiered on the evening of Friday 5 October as part of the nightly 3D projection shows on the front of The Blackpool Tower building.
The film, produced in association with his TV presenter of twenty years, Richard Cadell, features Sooty, Sweep and Soo enjoying a whistle-stop journey through Blackpool’s numerous attractions.
It was back in 1948 that puppeteer and magician Harry Corbett originally discovered the glove puppet on North Pier.
He first appeared on TV four years later, and according to the Guinness World Records, Sooty is the longest-running continuing children’s TV programme in the UK with more than 850 episodes to date – with a brand new series currently airing weekday mornings on ITVBe.
The free launch event will take place on the Tower Festival Headland from 7pm on October 5 where Sooty and Richard will make a special guest appearance prior to the premiere of the film.
That will be followed at around 20:30 by the finale of the resort’s World Fireworks Championships, with a spectacular display by firework experts, Titanium.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to unveil this fantastic film tribute to Sooty.
“Sooty has entertained families for generations and has timeless appeal – I was a big fan as a kid and my youngest child is now a big fan too!
“The projection show will take place just a few hundred yards away from his original home on North Pier and the fact that it will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display makes it a fitting birthday celebration.”
Richard Cadell added “I thought nothing would top Sooty’s 70th birthday party that was held earlier this year on the North Pier. However this has! To see Sooty, Sweep and Soo star in their own adventure film, and have it projected onto the iconic Blackpool Tower is mind blowing. Blackpool is truly Sooty’s home, and this amazing feature of the Blackpool Illuminations is an absolute must see for everybody that grew up watching The Sooty Show”.