David Poulton

Meet the puppet maker and his wife who bring Christmas cheer to millions of people around the world, all from a factory in Noosaville

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Top 11 festive window displays around the world

Smith & Caughey’s, New Zealand’s leading department store, has been a fixture on the Queen Street shopping strip since the 1880s. Based on the children’s book “A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas” by Philip Yates and Sebastia Serra, this year’s theme fits perfectly with Auckland’s maritime history and status as the “City of Sails.” Twelve cannons blasting, nine mermaids singing, six Jolly Rogers, three black cats and a parrot in a palm tree – your little pirates will love it! Image: A parrot in a palm tree at Smith & Caughey’s, Auckland (smithandcaugheys.co.nz)

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Stutter leads to lifetime with puppets

Some of the most quirky and creative Christmas puppet displays in shop windows around the world were created in Noosaville by David and his wife Sally.

The couple are the founders of Promotions in Motion and have been in the puppeteering business for 45 years - initially as performance puppeteers, travelling the world for 35 years, but now devoted to their commercial arts studio.

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Wonderous windows reflect creative vision

David is the owner and director of Noosa-based Promotions In Motion, a company behind some of the world’s most inspired department store window displays. The enterprise designs displays for 17 different contractors all over the world, ranging from Australian department store giant David Jones, to Cadbury World in Australia and New Zealand.

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