Singer Aled Jones pays tribute to Snowman creator Raymond Briggs after his death

Singer Aled Jones said he owes The Snowman creator Raymond Briggs a “gratitude debt” following the author and illustrator’s death at the age of 88.

Riggs’ family said in a statement through his publisher, Penguin Random House, that he passed away on Tuesday morning.

His 1978 classic The Snowman has sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide, and he has also created the children’s books Father Christmas, Fungus The Bogeyman and When The Wind Blows.

An animated version of Snowman, made for Channel 4 in 1982, became a carnival staple and is shown on TV every Christmas.

Welsh singer Jones rose to fame as a teenager after he covered Walking In The Air, a song written by Howard Blake for the 1982 animated version.

Speaking on his classic FM radio show on Wednesday, Jones paid homage to Briggs, saying: “What a legacy he left behind.

“His books have moved millions around the world, and what a grateful debt he owes to his greatest work. Thank you, Raymond. “

He then played the classic song in memory of the late author.

In a statement, Briggs’ family said: “We know that Raymond’s books have been loved and touched by millions of people around the world, who will be deeply saddened to hear of this news.

“Fan drawings – especially those for children – inspired by his books have been treasured by Raymond and plastered on the walls of his studio.

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“He has lived a rich and fulfilling life, and says he feels lucky to have both his wife Jean and his partner of over 40 years Liz in his life.

“He shared his love of nature with Liz on hikes in the South Downs and family holidays to Scotland and Wales.

“He also shares his sense of fun and excitement with his family, and with his family of artist friends – at get-togethers, fancy dress parties and summer picnics. summer in the garden. He played practical jokes and enjoyed them being played on him.

“All of us close to him know his needless sense of humour – which can be frustrating in his job when it comes to those in power. He likes The Guardian editorial describing himself as an ‘iconic national treasure’. “


The movie version of Snowman is regularly shown on TV around Christmas time (PA)

Born in Wimbledon, southwest London, in 1934, Briggs studied at the Wimbledon School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Arts before briefly pursuing painting.

After becoming a professional illustrator, he worked and taught illustration at Brighton College of Art.

In 1966, he won the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations in the children’s rhyme book, The Mother Goose Treasury.

His most famous works were published between 1973 and 1984 and include Father Christmas Goes On Holiday and The Tin-Pot Foreign General And The Old Iron Woman.

He has won many awards during his career, including the Kurt Maschler Award, Children’s Book of the Year and the Dutch Silver Pen Award.

In February 2017, Briggs was honored with the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award, and the credibility responded to the news of his death with the tweet: “He will live on in great books. beautiful, iconic.”

He was made CBE for services to literature the same year.

Francesca Dow, executive director of Penguin Random House Children, said: “Raymond’s books are visual masterpieces that address some of the fundamental questions about what it is to be human, speaking for both adults and children with a substantial economy of words and illustrations.

“Raymond is perhaps best known for The Snowman. He needed perhaps greater freedom than the standard 32-page picture book format allowed and created a radical and beautiful innovation: a wordless children’s picture book, a storyboard Still lifes have become instant classics in their own right, as well as animation favorites. “

Ms Dow said Briggs was “unique” and “inspired generations of creators of picture books, graphic novels and animation”.

She added: “He left behind an extraordinary legacy, and a huge hole.”

Briggs’ literary curator, Hilary Delamere, said: “Raymond loved playing the role of a professional doctor, but we will remember him for his stories of love and loss.

“I know from the many letters he received how his books and animations touched people’s hearts.”

Prominent children’s authors, including former Children’s Prize winners Michael Rosen and Cressida Cowell, have paid homage to Briggs and his literary legacy.

Briggs is survived by stepdaughter Clare and husband Fynn, stepchild Tom and wife Sarah, and three stepchildren.

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