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Bye bye everybody – Peter Corbett says an emotional goodbye to Lymm


VIDEO: ONE of Lymm’s most popular characters Peter Corbett is bidding an emotional farewell to the village he made his home 22 years ago following his near-death experience with coronavirus.

Peter AKA Matthew Corbett of “Sooty and Sweep” fame, is moving down south near Brighton to be closer to his family after his near-death experience with coronavirus, which saw him spend 10 days fighting for his life in Warrington Hospital.
While he can remember little about the experience he recalled hallucinating and seeing grey figures in his home which no one else could see.
He will be leaving the village he made his home on Tuesday after selling his “iconic” home on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal, which is the most photographed and painted building in the village.
Peter and his wife Sally decided to make Lymm their home after spotting the property up for sale when they were on a boat trip on the canal.
“I saw the for sale sign and decided there and then I had to make it our home,” recalls Peter.
During the 22 “very happy” years in the village Peter became very popular involving himself in various community events.
It was not uncommon for him to perform and sing in local pubs.
“I’m sure some people will be relieved they won’t have to hear me singing again,” said Peter.
warrington-worldwide caught up with Peter outside his home for one last time as he said one final “bye, bye everybody!”

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  1. If anyone knows Peter (Matthew) Corbett please do tell him that he has a little 5-old fan called Kimi even today. We have a VHS player and old collection of videos, one of which is Sooty! My little boy randomly said the other day ‘Matthew is a qualified diver!’, I said who’s Matthew and he said Matthew from Sooty! I personally love the Bubbles and Balloons song! I’m so sorry to hear he’s had the Coronavirus. I do hope he is recovering okay…

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