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Son of Thunderbirds creator thanks the public for their support after father's passing

Published: 27 Dec 2012 17:001 comment

THE son of Thunderbirds creator, Gerry Anderson, has thanked the public for their support following his father's death.

CAMPAIGNERS: Jamie Anderson (L) and his father Gerry with Virgil Tracey ahead of the Windsor Memory Walk in October to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society.

The 83-year-old, who made the hit series in a studio on Slough Trading Estate in the 1960s and suffered from mixed dementia, died in his sleep on Wednesday afternoon.

Jamie Anderson said: "I just wanted to thank everyone for their incredibly kind messages of support and for sharing their happy childhood memories - inspired by Dad's work.

"I know Dad would have been blown away by the support, positivity, and kind words.

"I think the saddest thing would have been if he had passed without being noticed, but the response has been the total opposite. Thank you."

The producer, who also worked on Captain Scarlet and Joe 90, was diagnosed with mixed dementia in 2010 and moved to a care home in October after his condition worsened.

The father and son duo helped raise awareness for the Alzheimer's Society and Jamie took part in the Windsor Memory Walk at Dorney Lake on October to raise funds for the charity.

To make a donation to the Society in memory of Mr Anderson, visit

Mr Anderson is survived by three children from previous marriages, Joy, Linda and

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