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Voice of the children’s TV favourite Postman Pat
The jaunty theme song to the children’s television show Postman Pat, sung by Ken Barrie, has been the soundtrack to many childhoods and in 1982 became a UK Top 50 hit. Barrie also provided the voice of Pat Clifton, the kindly Royal Mail worker delivering letters in the fictional valley of Greendale in the animated series. The words of the song – opening with “Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat and his black and white cat … ” – accompanied a sequence showing Pat picking up the post from Mrs Goggins, the postmistress, and travelling in a bright-red van with his feline sidekick, Jess, up hill and down dale in a beautiful location that the programme’s creator, John Cunliffe, based on the picturesque Lake District village of Longsleddale.
Barrie, who has died of liver cancer aged 83, had previously spent years singing in dance bands and »
- Anthony Hayward
Barrie, who was born Leslie Hulme, provided the voice for Pat and many of the other characters in the animated series, as well as singing the famous theme song. His daughter, Lorraine Peterson, told the Press Association that he died peacefully at home in Denham, Buckinghamshire, of liver cancer.
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- Press Association
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