A PUPPETEER is launching a new competition on World Puppetry Day today, for a family or teacher to win a free puppet show for their children’s class at school.

Philip Thompson has returned to the region to launch Pip’s Puppets after working as a children’s entertainer in London. He performs at birthday parties, schools and other special occasions.

The puppeteer, who hails from Durham and now lives in Sunderland, said: “I am very pleased to be following in my mother’s footsteps as a puppeteer.

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“Bringing joy to people through the art of performance is a great thing to be able to do. In puppetry, you may be hidden from the audience but you can see their smiles, interaction and genuine enjoyment from behind the theatre.”

To enter visit Pip’s Puppets on Facebook.