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Wombles Premiere on TV
"Underground, overground, Wombling free The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we Making good use of the things that we find Things that the everyday folks leave behind."
~ The Wombling Song, Mike Batt, 1973
The Wombles are fictional pointy-nosed, furry creatures created by Elisabeth Beresford, originally appearing in a series of children's novels from 1968. They live in burrows, where they aim to help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in creative ways. Beresford's stories chronicle the lives of the inhabitants of the burrow on Wimbledon Common. Wombles all have place names from throughout the world. Scottish Wombles include Tobermory from the Isle of Mull and the kilted Cairngorm MacWomble! The television show based on these characters ran from 1973-1975.
The Wombles are fictional pointy-nosed, furry creatures created by author Elisabeth Beresford, originally appearing in a series of children's novels from 1968.
The characters gained a higher national profile in the UK in the mid-1970s as a result of a BBC commissioned stop animation children's television show.
The Womble motto is "Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish". This environmentally friendly message was a reflection of the growing environmental movement of the 1970s.
Wombles live in burrows, where they aim to help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in creative ways. Although Wombles supposedly live in every country in the world, Beresford's stories are concerned with the lives of the inhabitants of the burrow on Wimbledon Common in London, England.
Elisabeth Beresford got the idea for the characters and stories after taking her young children for a walk on Wimbledon Common, where her daughter mispronounced it as "Wombledon Common." She developed most of her Womble characters around members of her family, and named them after places with which the family had associations.
Cousin Cairngorm McWomble the Terrible, named after the Cairngorms mountain range, was introduced in the second book (The Wandering Wombles) as a Highland Womble clan chief. He appeared in the TV series when he visited the Wimbledon burrow. He was usually known simply as McWomble.
If you have fond memories of this television series, click the Wombles for the opening theme song, "The Wombling Song."