John Cunliffe 1933-2018

We were very sad to hear that John Cunliffe, creator of Postman Pat, Rosie and Jim and many other much loved children’s characters passed away last week.

John, who was a long time Ilkley resident, became Patron of our Children’s Festival when it started in 2003 and delighted children and parents at many Festival events over the years.

Rachel Feldberg, Festival Director, said, ‘We were honoured to have John as Patron of our Children’s Festival and I have wonderful memories of events he did with us. His work, particularly Postman Pat, was iconic for everyone who grew up reading, watching and loving those characters and will continue to delight children for generations to come.’

Our thoughts are with John’s wife and family at this time.