THE WIZARD OF THE SCISSORS Born into a poor family in Dagenham, his father William was a public health inspector and his mother, Isabelle Pitt, was a cleaner at the BBC. Edward was one of […]
From being an RAF navigator, he rose to be Chairman of the toy company Airfix, using his experience to design models – and transformed the British toy market.
The Queen’s personal chef who divulged her food likes and dislikes, and who also worked for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Singer who performed in Glasgow, Hamburg and London, she had a short solo career but sang with many leading performers and on one of the most famous songs of all time.
He worked as a lab-boy for significant scientists and became the first person in the world to have a flu vaccine. He went on to work for the WHO and made an important medical contribution himself.
Helen worked for the Special Operations Executive in the war, organising resistance in France. She later became a business woman and tireless worker for charity. She was the driving force behind Mildmay Hospital, an AIDS hospice and had to overcome fierce opposition until she got the support of Princess Diana.
Once a debutante, she trained to be an actress, appearing on the London stage. During the war she was recruited to work at Bletchley Park. Involved in many good causes, Pamela returned to the acting profession in her old age.
James’ boat was a 23 feet long double canoe catamaran, called ‘Tangaroa’ and on the 27/9/55 he set off from Falmouth to sail the Atlantic Ocean to Trinidad. It was a journey full of incident!
A passionate advocate of sustainable food and farming. She was the CEO of LEAF and created the idea of ‘Open Farm Sunday’. She was a positive force in the agricultural community.
Michael founded Keston College in Bromley which was dedicated to the spreading of reliable religious information in communist countries. He was awarded the Templeton Prize for his work.
A big name in the world of swimming. Gill fought to save the Victoria Baths in Manchester. These appeared on the television show ‘Restoration’.
Arriving in Britain as part of the Windrush generation, Claude spent his working life with British Rail. He threw himself into many good causes, fought against injustice and was highly respected in his local community.
An unsung hero of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Pat Hume, wife of SDLP politician John Hume made a largely unrecognised contribution to ending the Troubles in Northern Ireland. She was the consumate politician’s wife, whilst bringing up her family.