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'."Reuse content