Harry Corbett

po_Corbett-HarryHarry Corbett (January 28, 1918 — August 17, 1989) was an English puppeteer who created the ‘Sooty’ glove puppet character in 1948.

Deafness in one ear precluded Corbett from pursuing his musical ambitions although he played the piano in the Guiseley fish and chip restaurant owned by his mother’s brother Harry Ramsden.

In order to entertain his children while on holiday in Blackpool in 1948, he bought the original yellow bear glove puppet, then called Teddy. Later he used soot to blacken its ears and nose, hence the name “Sooty”.