A 33-year-old man from Southend has been describing how his childhood is in ‘tatters’ after both Bodger from ‘Bodger and Badger’ and Wallace from ‘Wallace and Gromit’ died in the same week.

Within just a few days of each other, both Andy Cunningham and Peter Sallis were announced to have passed away after battling illnesses – leaving everyone within the thirty-something age group with an enormous void that may never be filled again.

Speaking exclusively to Southend News Network, he said that he was ‘devastated.’

He added: ‘It’s just too much. All I am waiting to hear now is that Jimbo and The Jet Set have crash landed on Button Moon or the factory where Bertha works – that will just about finish me off.’

‘Bodger and Badger made mashed potato fashionable again – I would never miss a single episode and I forced my mum to make two packets of Smash for me to gorge on while it was on.’

‘What the hell happened to kids TV, with all this CGI bollocks and Postman Pat driving around in some sort of multicultural utopian version of Greendale?’

‘The bastards have even mullered Thomas The Tank Engine with that stupid new theme tune, and The Fat Controller who has clearly lost a few pounds to set a good example to all of the kiddy winks.’

‘It’s bollocks.’

We asked him how he would cope after the sad passing of Peter Sallis as well.

He said: ‘I really don’t know. I can only stare at Ed Miliband and Cherie Blair for so long – they really haven’t got the accent right yet.’