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Aardman Animation's Morph tours Western Isles

By Steven McKenzie
BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

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image copyrightPeter Lord
image captionMorph at Calanais Standing Stones on Lewis

Morph, a clay figure who first appeared on TV more than 40 years ago, has been taken on a tour of the Outer Hebrides.

Animator Peter Lord, who co-created the character with David Sproxton for BBC children's series Take Hart, has been photographing Morph on the isles.

The "grand tour" has included visits to Eriskay, Scarista on Harris and the ancient Calanais Standing Stones and Arnol Blackhouses on Lewis.

Morph's first appeared on TV in February 1977.

image copyrightPeter Lord
image captionPeter Lord says this is Morph wearing McMorph clan colours
image copyrightPeter Lord
image captionThe Isle of Barra was another of the destinations on the character's Hebridean tour
image copyrightPeter Lord
image captionMorph looking a bit queasy at the prospect of taking the Harris ferry

Morph also later appeared in another children's TV art show SMart, which ran between the mid 1990s and early 2000s.

The clay figure continues to be a major character of Bristol-based Aardman Animations, which Lord helped to co-found.

Aardman's other creations include Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

Lord, who is on a holiday in the Western Isles has been posting his pictures of Morph on social media.

image captionMorph first appeared on TV in children's art show Take Hart, which was presented by artist Tony Hart
image copyrightPeter Lord
image captionBlending in with seats on a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry
image copyrightPeter Lord
image captionIn the rain on Harris
image copyrightPeter Lord
image captionAnd in the sunshine at Scarista on Harris
image copyrightPeter Lord
image captionWarming up by a fire at Arnol Blackhouses
image copyrightPeter Lord
image captionMorph bemused by knitted cakes on Bernera

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