Seamus has been quietly retired. A learning point for us all: puppets rarely fare well in washing machines. He is celebrated, nonetheless, as the pivotal figure who made it all come together, having led the way in various war and disaster zones in the 1990s, introducing No Strings founder Johnie McGlade to the incredible power that puppets have in garnering attention when vital messages need to be shared.

Through the search for a new Seamus, Johnie met Kathy Mullen and Michael Frith, and No Strings was born.

Seen here with Johnie and crowds in Herat, Afghanistan.