Bill Tidy: Cartoonist who appeared on Countdown and Countryfile dies aged 89

  • Published
Bill Tidy
Image caption,
Bill Tidy appeared on many television shows including The Chris Stuart Cha Cha Chat Show in 1985

Bill Tidy, the cartoonist who was known for his quick artistry on shows including Countdown and Countryfile, has died at the age of 89.

His family paid tribute to "the most brilliant cartoonist and the very best dad" after he died with his children, Sylvia and Rob, by his side.

Among Tidy's greatest works in a decades long career were The Fosdyke Saga and The Cloggies.

But his health declined in recent years after he suffered two serious strokes.

In a statement on his official Facebook page, Tidy's family 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."

Tidy, who was born in Tranmere on Merseyside in 1933, did not receive any formal artistic training growing up and instead started his working life in the Royal Engineers branch of the Army.

His cartoonist career began when he sold a sketch to a Japanese newspaper in 1955.

This Twitter post cannot be displayed in your browser. Please enable Javascript or try a different browser.View original content on Twitter
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
Skip twitter post by David Quantick

Allow Twitter content?

This article contains content provided by Twitter. We ask for your permission before anything is loaded, as they may be using cookies and other technologies. You may want to read Twitter’s cookie policy, external and privacy policy, external before accepting. To view this content choose ‘accept and continue’.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
End of twitter post by David Quantick

He went on to publish cartoon strips in a host of UK national newspapers, including The Fosdyke Saga for the Daily Mirror and The Cloggies for Private Eye.

The Fosdyke Saga became so popular it eventually became the subject of a 42-part radio series for the BBC from 1983.

Over the years he also appeared on television shows such as Watercolour Challenge, Countdown, Blankety Blank and Countryfile and he illustrated more than 70 books.

Tidy was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to journalism and helped to set up the British Cartoonists' Association.