Wombles creator dies, aged 84

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Elisabeth Beresford, creator of the much-loved Wombles, has died aged 84.

The stories were popularised in a television series, but the entire conceit was inspired by a mispronunciation made by her daughter during a Boxing Day walk on London's Wimbledon Common.

She recalled: "My daughter said to me, 'Oh, Ma – isn't it great on Wombledon Common?' and I said, 'That's where the Wombles live'."

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