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Tributes to celebrated Hove artist
A much-loved artist and illustrator best known for his drawings in the Noddy children’s books has passed away.
Robert Tyndall, who worked from his studio in Hove, died at his home on September 7 from natural causes aged 84.
The father of three was buried yesterday at one of his favourite spots in Sussex – Clayton Wood National Park.
Over 100 people paid their respects, including his three daughters Debbie, Helen and Rebecca.
Performing at the service was the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, who also appeared in the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
His daughter, Debbie Tyndall, said: “He was a great father and an extremely talented artist. He was fascinated with everything. People, places, even a stone on the beach. It was special to grow up with someone who was so creative and exciting like he was.
“He was always full of fun and mischief and he had a wonderfully positive effect on everyone he met.”
Mr Tyndall grew up in London and at the age of 13, the gifted painter won a scholarship at the prestigious Harrow School of Art in London before embarking on a stint in the merchant navy.
He returned to London in 1950, going on to illustrate Roberta Leigh’s popular comic strip The Adventures of Twizzle and the Larry the Lamb series.
He first started drawing Noddy in 1953 after the original illustrator, Harmsen Van Der Beek, died.
His drawings of Noddy, Big Ears and Mr Plod the policeman were published in children’s classics such as Noddy and the Bunkey, Cheer Up Little Noddy and Noddy Goes to the Fair.
His work also featured heavily in comic books, annuals and merchandise.
Debbie added: “Noddy was a short but very significant part of his life. Primarily, he was an artist. He trained as a painter. I remember growing up and being so familiar with the texture and smell of paint. It was fabulous.”
To celebrate Noddy’s 60th birthday in 2009, Mr Tyndall joined forces with Enid Blyton’s granddaughter, Sophie Smallwood, to produce the first Noddy book since 1963.
Called Noddy and the Farmyard Muddle, the story followed the wooden elf as he tried to solve mysterious events that were taking place on the Toyland farm.
Tony Summerfield, founder of the Enid Blyton Society, said: “I knew Robert for many years and found him a kind and generous man, who was always willing to support the Enid Blyton Society in any way he could.”