Jim Tickner, a resident at Edward Moore residential home in Gravesend, enjoyed being Guest of Honour at very special birthday party.
This year sees the 350th birthday of the famous anarchic puppet Mr Punch. To celebrate the occasion, the Punch & Judy Fellowship decided to host a birthday party for Mr Punch at the Strand Palace Hotel in London.
Jim’s father Fred Tickner is a highly-respected and celebrated Punch and Judy puppet carver. He created the famous puppet character Muffin the Mule in 1933. The act was made famous in children’s television programmes, broadcast on the BBC in the 40’s and 50’s. A modern animated version of Muffin also appeared on the BBC in recent years. Fred Tickner’s puppets are still highly desirable today and used by professional puppeteers.
Jim attended Mr Punch’s birthday party on Sunday 13th May as Guest of Honour on behalf of his father. He travelled all the way to Covent Garden in London, accompanied by his cousin Trevor Williams and carer Michelle Smith. They enjoyed front row seats for the party entertainment, including a superb cabaret show, puppet parade and a performance by a hilarious magician.
Katie Ingram, Home Administrator at Edward Moore, said: “Jim thoroughly enjoyed the day. Everyone at Edward Moore was very proud that he was Guest of Honour on such a special occasion. Our residents remember watching Punch and Judy shows at the seaside so the party caused us a great deal of excitement.”