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Thelwell dies at 80

BBC News

One of Britain's most popular cartoonists, Norman Thelwell, has died at the age of 80 after a long illness.

He was best known for his strip featuring pig-tailed girl called Penelope and her pony Kipper.

The pair were frequently seen at gymkhanas - with Penelope hanging on for dear life as her fat, hairy horse charged about in manic fashion.

I have happy childhood memories of reading all his cartoon books. My sister rode ponies, which undoubtedly enabled me to appreciate the humour that much more...

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