By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
An original drawing of Fireman Sam signed and donated by Rob Lee, co-creator of the series has been auctioned off for charity fetching £152 ($284 CAD, $214 USD). Fireman Sam debuted on BBC One in 1987. The characters and storyline were created by Lee based on the idea from two ex-firemen from Kent, Dave Gingell and David Jones. The show was about a Fireman named Sam, his fellow firefighters, and the townspeople who lived in a fictional Welsh town called Pontypandy. Fireman Sam was originally stop-motion animated and lasted for five series. A computer animated version continued Sam’s adventures in 2003. Today Fireman Sam has been sold to television stations in over 40 countries and has been published in book form.
The one-off drawing created by Lee shows Sam with Pontypandy residents Italian Cafe Owner Bella Lasagne, Norman Price, Norman’s mother Dilys Price, the twins Sarah and James Jones, and Bronwyn Jones’ striped ginger cat Lion. The artwork was auctioned through eBay UK (United Kingdom) with proceeds to benefit MacMillan Cancer, a United Kingdom cancer support group. The auction closed on Sunday, March 20th with a total of 27 bids.