11/06/2024
Norwich, GB 12 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

MARK RAFFLES, aged 100

From ARP warden to ENSA magician, he entertained troops in WW2. He then became a TV and variety star and was the world’s oldest active magician.

IAN HAMILTON KC, aged 97

Liberation or theft? He committed one of the most scandalous ‘crimes’ of the 1950s, but it didn’t stop him going on to become a barrister.

LILY SAFRA, aged 87

Born in South America, she married four times, becoming one of the world’s richest women and a major philantropist. But two of her husbands died in mysterious circumstances.

VENETIA STEVENSON, aged 84

She came from an artistic family and was an actress and a model, known for her beauty She married an actor and a pop star and her daughter inspired a very famous song.

TOM KAREN, aged 96

After escaping the Nazis as a boy, he grew up to be the greatest modern designer of our times – toys, bikes, cars, caravans, artwork. You name it, he made it.

NUTMEG, aged 75

After working in a university she took up crossword setting after retirement and became a regular in four publications, becoming a favourite in the world of puzzling.

WEE WILLIE HARRIS, age 90

Britain’s first rock and roller. Diminutive with bright pink hair and an outrageous stage show – but he never had a hit. His backing singer became a major star.

EARL OLD PERSON, aged 92

Chief of the Blackfoot Tribe based in Monana, he was a Scout, a musician and a basketball player and eventually a politician, befriending monarchs and presidents – and fighting for the rights of Native Americans.