20/05/2024
Norwich, GB 17 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

LEO BECKETT, aged 95

From being a political agent he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to his wife, who became a ground-breaking politician.

ROBIN FOY, aged 78

After experiencing strange phenomena in the RAF, he set up the Sole Experiment project to prove that there is life after death.

VALERI POLYAKOV, aged 80

A qualified doctor he became a cosmonaut and completed two separate journeys into space, where he did medical experiments. He holds the world record for the longest continuous spell in space.

ROMMY HUNT REVSON, aged 79

A talented New York nightclub singer, she had problems with her hair. So, she invented a hair accessory which she named after her dog – and became a millionaire.

MARY ELLIN BARRETT, aged 95

Born into a wealthy New York family, her father was the famous composer Irving Berlin. She wrote the seminal biography of her father to try to correct his public image.

EILEEN ASH, aged 110

Before the war she played test cricket for England and then joined MI6. She resumed her cricket career and went on to be the world’s oldest test cricketer.

RICHARD SNELL, aged 69

A chair designer of great renown, he designed school chairs and seating arrangements for well-known places like the Royal Albert Hall and the Eden Project.

STELLA JAYE EDWARDS, aged 103

Learning to fly at the start of the Second World War, she was a pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary, flying and delivering all types of planes around the country.

Roy Hackett, aged 93

Part of the Windrush generation coming to the UK from the Caribbean, he organised the Bristol Bus Boycott , which led to the first race relations legislation.