Obituaries

Stephen Pratt: former headmaster of KES

STEPHEN PRATT, who was headmaster of King Edward VI School, in Stratford, between 1963 and 1981 has died at his home in Chipping Campden. Born in Sussex, Mr Pratt, pictured left,...

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Jeffery Dench: a Shakespearean treasure

STRATFORD-upon-Avon lost a true Shakespearean treasure last week when veteran Royal Shakespeare Company actor Jeffery Dench died, aged 85. Born in Greater Manchester in 1929, Mr Dench has been described as...

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Kate O’Mara: glamorous Dynasty actress from Long Marston

LONG MARSTON’S star of stage and screen Kate O’Mara, who started out working behind the scenes at the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died at a Sussex nursing home, aged 74. The...

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Louise Weatherhead: netball stalwart and tireless charity fundraiser

FRIENDS and supporters of Louise Weatherhead, who has died aged 62 following a long battle with cancer, turned out in force at her funeral. There was standing room only as...

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John Winterburn: scientist and former SDC chairman

JOHN WINTERBURN, a former chairman of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, has died aged 84 after several years of battling leukaemia. Born in Leamington in 1929, as a child during the war...

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Brian Slaughter: dedicated fundraiser and former chairman of the SDC

BRIAN SLAUGHTER, a Bidford councillor for over 40 years and dedicated fundraiser, died peacefully of pneumonia on 28th January at Warwick Hospital. A former chairman of Stratford District Council, the 80-year-old,...

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Percy Blandford - Newbold author, world-renowned boat designer, and Scout for 93 years

AUTHOR of over a hundred books and designer of hundreds of boats, the remarkable South Warwickshire centenarian, Percy Blandford, has passed away in his granddaughter’s arms aged 101. Known all over...

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Prof Reg Foakes: International Shakespeare scholar whose heart was in Stratford

PROFESSOR Reg Foakes, who died at the age of 90 at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon just before Christmas, was a wise, liberal-minded, influential and much-loved Shakespeare scholar and teacher. His...

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Dorothy Raistrick: talented Stratford amateur actress who performed for 82 years

ACTRESS and long-term Stratford-upon-Avon resident, Dorothy Raistrick died suddenly on 21st December aged 87. Born Dorothy Thelwall in Manchester, the daughter of a bank clerk and former nanny, she had...

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Peter O’Toole: hell-raising actor who held the Duck’s yard-of-ale record

THE great actor Peter O’Toole, who died on Saturday in hospital in London aged 81 after a long illness, was known for his love of Shakespeare – and once confessed...

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