Puppeteer and artist Frank Mumford died peacefully in hospital in Central London in the early hours of Friday morning; he was recovering from surgery on his leg after a fall. Frank was shortly to have celebrated his 96th birthday. In the past few weeks he had enjoyed a fishing trip in Devon, was planning to attend the 70th anniversary memorial service for Arnhem veterans in Holland this September and was considering heading off to France for another holiday. Frank’s extraordinary long and eventful life and work has recently been the subject of director Richard Butchins’ documentary “An Attic Full Of Puppets”, which premiered last year in London and has also been seen at puppet festivals in Israel and Lisbon to much acclaim.
Frank will be deeply missed, but always remembered by many.