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Bill Tidy, MBE

Posted: March 13th, 2023

BILL TIDY, former Daily Mirror and Private Eye cartoonist, died, aged 89, on March 11, 2023.

Bill Tidy was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to journalism. He was also known for his TV appearances on Countdown and Watercolour Challenge

His death was announced on his Facebook page by his family. The post said: “It is with huge sadness that I have to share with you the tragic news that we lost our dad, who is not only the most brilliant cartoonist [but] the very best dad two sons, a son-in-law and a daughter could ever wish for.”

Bill Tidy was born in Liverpool in 1933, the BBC reported. He did not receive formal artistic training, instead working for the Royal Engineers before becoming a cartoonist. His career began when he sold a sketch to a Japanese newspaper in 1955.

Among his cartoons was The Cloggies, which appeared in Private Eye, and The Fosdyke Saga, which ran in the Daily Mirror from 1971 to 1985. The Fosdyke Saga’s popularity led to it being adapted into a BBC radio serial in 1984.

With thanks to The Guardian.


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