Matthew Corbett: "My father Harry"s obsession with glove puppet Sooty led him to an early grave"

Sooty killed my dad! Matthew Corbett reveals how his father”s obsession with a glove puppet led him to an early grave
When Harry Corbett picked up a tatty glove puppet for a few shillings in 1948, he had no idea it would make him a fortune. Or that his obsession with it would drive him to an early grave. Here his son Matthew tells how…

Matthew (centre), aged six, with brother David, nine, Sooty and father Harry in 1955

Matthew (centre), aged six, with brother David, nine, Sooty and father Harry in 1955

Matthew with Richard Cadell who has snapped up the rights and has taken Sooty back to the original slapstick-and-corny-jokes format

Matthew with Richard Cadell who has snapped up the rights and has taken Sooty back to the original slapstick-and-corny-jokes format

Harry Corbett bought the original Sooty puppet for 7s 6d (37.5p) at a Blackpool novelty shop in 1948

Harry Corbett bought the original Sooty puppet for 7s 6d (37.5p) at a Blackpool novelty shop in 1948