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16:18 Wednesday 02 January 2013  Written by Francis Batt

Fans welcome at Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson's funeral

Fans of the great Gerry Anderson are invited to attend his funeral next week.

Gerry, who died on Boxing Day aged 83, created legendary television puppet shows like Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray from studios on the Slough Trading Estate.

In recent years he went public about his battle with dementia and became an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.

His son Jamie said that his father had expressly asked that his fans be welcomed at his funeral, alongside former work colleagues and friends.

Gerry developed his craft at his first studio in the ballroom at Maidenhead’s Islet Park House, on the banks of the Thames upstream of Boulters Lock.

It was there that he and his team made their first puppet series The Adventures of Twizzle and Torchy the Battery Boy.

Gerry later moved into live action, making the feature film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun which starred Ian Hendry, Herbert Lom and Patrick Wymark.

The television series The Protectors, starring Robert Vaughn and Nyree Dawn Porter, and Space 1999, with Martin Landau, followed.

His son Jamie said: "We have been so touched by the outpouring of sympathy from all over the world. We have had messages from India, Uganda, Australia - and from people aged between seven to 70.

"It is so nice to know how my father touched people's lives across all the continents.

"But I'm proudest of him for the contribution he made to the Alzheimer's Society. He was so torn apart by his illness. But his involvement with the charity raised £1million in just a year."

Gerry, who died at his home in Henley on Boxing Day, was married three times and leaves his wife of 30 years, Mary, four children Joy, Linda, Gerry Junior and son Jamie, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The funeral is at Reading Crematorium on Friday, January 11.

Contact FAB@jamieanderson.me.uk for full details if you would like to be there.

Visit www.justgiving.com/RememberingGerryAnderson to donate to the Alzheimer's Society.

Scroll through a gallery of Gerry Anderson and Thunderbirds photos from the Advertiser and Express archives below.


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