Bill Beaumont, wartime flyer and Speaker’s Secretary
Bill Beaumont, who has died aged 92, was one of the few surviving members from the Second World War of the Caterpillar Club, the informal association of people who have bailed successfully by parachute from a stricken aircraft.
The comedian Sean Hughes, who has died at 51, was an important figure in the emergence of stand-up comedy in the first half of the 1990s, a period in which critics began to describe the genre as “the new rock and roll”.
Neil Pickford, who has died at 62, was one of Beverley’s best-known characters, not only as publican of both the Monks Walk and the Lord Nelson, but also as the long-serving verger at the town’s Minster.
THE comedian Shelley Berman, who has died at 92, was a pioneer of a new wave of pre-alternative comedy in the 1950s and early 1960s, and his best-selling LPs were a fixture in many a middle-class British sitting room.