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

ISABEL CROOK, aged 107

A missionary in China she converted to communism. She married a spy, served in the war and was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution.

NOREEN NASH, aged 99

From apple blossom queen to Hollywood star, she was an actress in many B-Movies, but occasionally played alongside superstars.

BEPPE PIRODDI, aged 82

An Italian playboy in the 1960s he was part of a group known as The Four Musketeers. He had affairs with rich women and had celebrity friends, as long as connections with royals and the Mafia.

JOSEPH KITTINGER, aged 94

A test pilot who was involved in space research, he completed the world’s highest skydive. He broke many world records but also became a prisoner of war.

NORTON LEE, aged 98

After surviving the Arctic Convoys and wartime missions to Sicily, Salerno and Malta, he played a key role in D-Day. He was present at the Nazi surrender in the Netherlands and retired to be a huntsman.

DAVE WINTOUR, aged 77

A session musician who appeared on Top of the Pops, with many famous artists and on numerous records, he eventually became a member of the west country band The Wurzels.

LORNA COCKAYNE, aged 97

Recruited to Bletchley Park during the war she became one of the first ever computer operators – and read Hitler’s messages.

DORIS DERBY, aged 82

At the forefront of the Civil Rights movement, she attended the March on Washington before photographing images of racism and the struggle for equality in the USA.