2017 will mark 20 years of the four Wombles, Great Uncle Bulgaria, Wellington, Orinoco and Tobermore, taking part continuously in the Virgin London Marathon, the longest standing, fully- furred fancy dress team in this historic event
To celebrate this achievement, the decidedly smelly family of rodents from south west London have enjoyed their first (!) wash and make-over by costume and mascot designer, Angela Hallam, of Coventry before visiting Arnside to see relatives and enjoy the view from the pier.
As a result of Angela's appearance on Radio 4's SATURDAY LIVE back in April, Angela now has another new client. David Hurst, who works for the Jesuit Mission in Wimbledon, contacted Angela. She will now renovate and clean their four Womble costumes which have run in the London Marathon for the last 20 years!
Angela's latest mascot (she has just remade his head) was busy last Saturday (20th) at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. 'Alfred the Gorilla', representing Gloucester Cricket, won the race by beating Nottingham's 'Nuts The Squirrel' by a head (!) in the T20 Blast Finals Day. You watch Alfred's winning performance HERE.
DON'T FORGET to visit the Alternative and Burlesque Fair at the 02 Academy in Birmingham on June 11th to view Angela's new range of bags, purses and cases upcycled by hand painting - REVAMP. Visit Angela's facebook REVAMP page HERE.
All of Angela's new range of bags, purses and cases upcycled by hand painting - REVAMP will be launched at the Alternative and Burlesque Fair at the 02 Academy in Birmingham on June 11th 2016 12-6pm. You can see more of the REVAMP range on Angela's Cosy Creatures page.
Angela will be a guest this weekend on Radio 4's SATURDAY LIVE were she will be talking about her life designing and making mascots. You can catch her on Saturday (14th May) on Radio 4's "Saturday Live" from 9am-10.30am. If you miss it don't forget 'Catch-up'. HERE (12th May 2016)
We’ve just added a list of Craft Fairs Angela will be visiting during this Spring and Summer ( See Cosy Creatures page ).
As usual she has been busy and will also be launching a new range of products at the Alternative and Burlesque Fair, on June 11th. As a sneak preview for this new range, we've included a photo on the right... Don't miss this year's 'must have' accessory. (22nd April 2016)
Angela will be selling her unique custom made Fairies and Cosy Cushions at the The Alternative & Burlesque Fair – ‘The Ultimate Alternative Shopping & Entertainment Experience’, in Birmingham on 6th June. The event is held at the Institute, 78 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham B5 6DY. (26th May 2015)
‘SKY BLUE SAM’, Coventry City's mascot had his 21st Birthday recently and the Coventry Telegraph ran a special feature to celebrate the event. Click the picture on the right to read more... (10th October 2014)
‘ALICE THE EAGLE’, Crystal Palace's female mascot had the half-time crowd dancing along with the cheerleaders the other week at Selhurst Park. Check out her moves on the video page...(6th May 2014)
‘GOOD AS NEW’ Angela recently refurbished Norwich City FC’s Captain Canary, including a full wash, repairing and restructuring the boots, rebuilding the head and replacing the orange felt covering on the beak with orange latex paint. This 'Good as New' service is what Angela offers during the summer months for costumes she has made, and some, like Captian Canary, she hasn't. (14th October 2013)
Coventry City's Mascot, SKY BLUE SAM, was featured in a comedy-drama on ITV recently. His plight (!) was the subject of an article in the Coventry Telegragh, See Right. Read the salacious story From ITVs LOVE AND MARRIAGE by clicking the image. (26th June 2013)
Congratulations to Crystal Palace Eagles Football Club, who last Sunday were promoted to the Premier League. We're sure Pete and Alice the Eagles, shown being constructed (right) by Angela Hallam, will not let success go to their heads! Check out the photo by Mark Green on the 'Mascots' page. HERE (29th May 2013)
Buddy the Dog (he of Dancing Dog fame) has had a complete overhaul by Angela recently. He's been out and about showcasing his new look, catch him on his Facebook page HERE. (17th May 2013)
Angela's latest mascot is a Superhero for Barnsley Hospital Charity. The mascot will be used to help raise funds for this wonderful charity. Click the photo (right) to enlarge image and see the original sketch Angela worked from. (14th May 2013)
Angela's mascot for Chadderton Park FC, Chaddy the Griffin, recently completed an abseil at Manchester United's ground, Old Trafford. Griff, the mascots alter-ego, raised over £1000 for Christie Cancer Hospital. (3rd March 2013)
Angela has a another new facebook page specifically for her Fairies! Check it out HERE.
Also Angela is now advertising on the 'all things' DOGSHOW website. (16th January 2012)
Angela is now selling her creations Cosy Creatures and Fairies at the Music and Craft Fair (see poster on the right) this coming Wednesday : 57 Stoney Lane, Yardley, Birmingham B25 8RE. (1st December 2012)
Angela has a new facebook page! Angela Hallam Designs Craft Items... Where she will be selling her creations on-line. Check it out HERE.
(19th November 2012)
Angela will be selling her Curled-Up Cats, Fairies, and Cat & Dog Scatter Cushions at several Craft Fairs during the coming weeks. For a full list CLICK HERE. (7th October 2012)
Rick Minter, who wrote the book about Football Mascots, has written a book about black panthers living wild in this country (link) and has Angela to make a full size model of a panther to showcase at book signings. (25th February 2012)
One of Angela's mascots is featured in the Sunday Times magazine (29/5). Theo The Wyvern is one of the mascots recently photographed for a new book by Gemma Mount. Click the image to the right to view a larger version. (3rd June 2011)
Angela has just completed a second mascot for The Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre. She previously made a Hedgehog for the centre and fell in love the animals and the work of the staff. The centre, based in Beckford near Tewkesbury does tremendous work looking after sick and injured animals. VISIT THE CENTRE'S WEBSITE. (11th May 2011)
Completed in time for RED NOSE DAY is the OPTIMISTS SOCIETY'S 'Huggy'. You can catch Huggy today in the Society's Conga line in central London for Comic Relief, and read more about the society's activities (HERE). (18th March 2011)
Recently completed is Angela's mascot for Cork City Football Club. You can catch the cheetah (The team has close links with FOTA Wildlife Centre in the city) on YouTube! (HERE). (09th March 2011)
We have added a new page to Angela's website for her Cosy Creatures. We've also highlighted some of the pet shows where Angela will be showing her products. And, if you can't get to any of the shows you can now buy Cosy Creatures direct from the website. Click here to visit the new page.(09th February 2011)
Angela is busy making several costumes at the moment. The Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre have asked her to make a Fox to accompany the Hedgehog she made in June last year, there's also an Orange Monster for the Optimists' Society (Watch out for the Monster on Comic Relief Day on 18th March) and finally Cork City Football Club will shortly have a new mascot - a Cheetah! In addition to all these new additions to the Hallam family, her Cat Cushions are travelling up and down the country at various Pet Shows. We'll have a list of Pet Shows up on the website soon where you can buy her Cat Cushions. (24th January 2011)
This Sunday (12th Dec) Angela is having a stall at a Craft Fair at the Canal basin in Coventry. She will be selling her two latest creations - "Pigs Might Fly!" - papier mache piggy banks (see right) and "Do Not Disturb", curled up sleeping cat soft sculptures made from fur fabric. Each pig has a different means of flight. For those who can't make the journey to Angela's stall, we may be sellingthe pigs and cats from the website shortly! (12th December 2010)
A new facebook group has been set up by West Bromwich fans to bring back the old BAGGIE BIRD mascots which Angela designed and made. Angela's costumes are highly thought of by those who wear them as being both comfortable and versatile and fans love the original mascots. Those West Bromwich fans amongst you who have Facebook accounts might like to take a look at the new group which lives HERE. Fans are outraged at the new design which some are claiming looks like a cross between a chicken and a duck!! One called it a dhucken, one a parrot suitable for a fancy dress party....!! Register your support for the 'BRING BACK THE OLD BAGGIE BIRDS' campaign HERE.(14th November 2010)
Angela Hallam's exhibition of paintings was a great success and drew local media interest. Angela has created a new facebook group which lives here. There are a few posters remaining from the exhibition which we hope to offer for sale from the website shortly. In the meantime Angela has been busy finishing off her latest mascot - VICKY CHICKY... (who might several brothers and sisters soon! Check out the Artist Page' here. (28th September 2010)
Angela Hallam's exhibition of paintings opened on Sunday with a preview at the Lock Gallery in Coventry Canal Basin. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday 17th August and runs until 28th August. You can see some of Angela's guests at the preview and a few of her painting on her 'Artist Page' here. (16th August 2010)
Angela Hallam's exhibition of paintings will open at the Lock Gallery in Coventry Canal Basin on Tuesday 17th August. The exhibition runs until 28th August. You can see some of Angela's painting on her 'Artist Page' here. (9th August 2010)
Another of Angela's mascots received newspaper coverage recently when Ricoh's 'Switch-Off' mascot was present at an award ceremony. Ricoh Arena's (Coventry City's ground), Alan Pickering was presented with the Low Energy Employee Engagment Award. Click the image to read the report. (31st July 2010)
Angela's mascots don't simply grace the football pitches on match days! Here is Swifty, Walsall Football Club's mascot doing a spot of overtime and promoting cheaper bus travel for fans on Network West Midland buses. (21st July 2010)
The Mascot Olympics took place last week in Milton Keynes. The Mascot Doctor was in attendance and looked after several of the 'injured' mascots - especially after the 'Try to Foul' competition. You can check out some of the action on the Video page. HERE (9th June 2010)
A Hedgehog for the Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre, based in Beckford near Tewkesbury, is Angela's latest mascot creation. She burned the midnight oil to get the cuddly Hedgehog ready in time for the Animal Hospital's Open Day this coming Sunday - 6th June. The staff at the hospital saw Angela's work on BBC's The One Show earlier in the year and were so impressed they commissioned her to make the Hedgehog pictured right. (2nd June 2010)
Angela Hallam will be holding an exhibition of her paintings at the Lock Gallery in Coventry Canal Basin from 17th-28th August. You can see some of Angel's painting on her 'Artist Page' here. (14th May 2010)
Angela's latest creation is a Coventry University Elephant commissioned by the Students Union. The finished costume is featured (right). (6th May 2010)
At the Battle of the Mascots, Angela was interviewed by the 92Crew for a forthcoming book. 92Crew are Lee Partridge and Rich Williams and this year they are travelling across the UK to watch 92 games and interview football mascots to help promote the 2018 World Cup bid. (10th April 2010)
The Battle of the Mascots took place at the end of March at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Lots of mascots made the journey to the charity event which is organised by Ron Miller (AKA Lenny the Lion). Angela was in attendance as the official Mascot Doctor. To see some photos from the 'Battle of the Mascots' click the programme cover on the right.... (1st April 2010)
Whilst filming for BBC's The One Show, Angela gave the production team an original drawing of West Bromwich Albion's Baggy Bird for Adrian Chiles, the presenter of the show! He's their Number 1 supporter and is pictured here with the drawing. (24th February 2010)
Angela will be interviewed on Thursday this week by Coventry's CWR radio at 4.10pm. On the show, Angela will throw some light on how she became the UKs first (and best) mascot maker! (17th February 2010)
Angela (pictured right on the tele!) and her many mascots were
featured on last night's THE ONE SHOW on BBC1. If you missed the show last night, you can catch it again on here on the video page. (16th Feb 2010)
Angela Hallam, the Mascot Doctor and her many football mascots will be the subject of tonight's (16 February) THE ONE SHOW on BBC1. Yesterday a BBC film crew visited her home and workshop to interview and film her at work. Also to be included in the piece will be Shrewsbury town's mascot, Lenny The Lion, which Angela constructed. THE ONE SHOW will be shown at 7.00pm tonight - 16th Feb.
Bettie Brewer, pictured right in happier times, one of Burton Albion's mascots, was attacked at Saturday's League Two home game against Staffordshire club Port Vale. The mascot suffered no lasting damage, said our resident Mascot Doctor, Angela Hallam, although police did say that the person inside the mascot suffered a minor head injury. More on this story here...
The new BBC advert for it's football league show features Angela's Lincoln City mascot 'Poacher'. CLICK HERE TO TAKE A PEEP!
We hope you like the new photograph we featured on the opening page over the Christmas period. It's the new Santa costume Angela has made for Birmingham City Football Club. Great Public Relations and it certainly kept the fans amused prior to kick-off!
Angela is busy with several new mascots and has just completed a duck for The Syndicate night club in Bristol.
Several of Angela's
mascots starred in the new BBC trailer for the 2009 - 2010 football season. View the trailer here