Belfast Telegraph

Play School host Brian Cant dies aged 83

By Julia Hunt

Presenter and actor Brian Cant has died at the age of 83.

The former Play School host had been living with Parkinson's Disease. A statement from his family said he had "lived courageously" with it for a long time.

Born in Ipswich in 1933, Cant was making schools' programmes in 1964 when he was hired as a Play School presenter, which proved to be his big break.

He remained with the children's favourite for more than 20 years and was part of the Play Away team, the Play School spin-off aimed at an older audience.

Cant's voice is also familiar to viewers of the animated series Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley as he narrated the tales of Windy Miller, Chippy Minton and PC McGarry.

He famously voiced the Trumpton Fire Brigade roll call of "Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb."

Cant married writer Cherry Britton in 1984 and they had three children.

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