Richard Baker, broadcaster

Richard Baker, who has died at 93, was the leading light, along with Robert Dougall and Kenneth Kendall, of a generation of BBC announcers who dispensed the news in an era before journalists were entrusted to do it themselves.

Haydn Griffiths

Haydn Griffiths, bandsman

Haydn Griffiths, who has died at 91, was the long-standing conductor of Doncaster’s Armthorpe Elmfield Band, which he had served for more than half a century.


Robert Johnson, D-Day veteran

Robert Johnson, who has died at 98, was a veteran of many of the major theatres of the Second World War, including the D-Day landings and the subsequent battle for Caen, and the disastrous Allied assault on occupied Dieppe in 1942.

Dr Jeffrey Sherwin with a Henry Moore piece

Dr Jeffrey Sherwin, GP and art collector

Dr Jeffrey Sherwin, who has died at 82, was a GP who became instrumental in creating the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and who assembled a renowned collection of British surrealist art which he placed on show around the world.


David Stewart, footballer

David Stewart, the former Leeds United goalkeeper who has died at 71, was between the posts on what should have been the greatest night in the club’s history.

Max Freeman with his wife, Ella.

Max Freeman, tailor

Max Freeman, who has died at 93, was a dresser to the stars, a renowned tailor whose mastery with the cloth scissors made him a favourite of celebrities, politicians and stylish types in his home city of Leeds.

Graeme Willson

Graeme Willson, artist

The Ilkley painter and designer Graeme Willson, who has died at 67, was committed to public art, bringing it out of the gallery and into spaces where more people could see and appreciate it.

Air Vice Marshall Bob Price

Robert Price

Air Vice Marshal Robert Price, who has died in his 90th year, was a distinguished flyer whose exploits in Singapore in the 1950s saw him mentioned in dispatches to the young Queen Elizabeth.

John Besford

John Besford, railwayman

John Besford, who has died at 95, was a navigator on wartime Lancaster bombers and later the general manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Bessie Brooke

Bessie Brooke, centenarian

Bessie Brooke, who has died at 102, was the oldest resident of Spofforth, between Harrogate and Wetherby. She had lived there for half her life and remained an active member of the community.

Pik Botha

Pik Botha, politician

Pik Botha, who has died at 86, was the last foreign minister of South Africa’s apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but eventually recognised that change was inevitable.

Ray Galton (left) and Alan Simpson

Ray Galton, comedy writer

Ray Galton, who has died at 88, was one half of Britain’s pre-eminent comedy writing partnership. With the radio and then television incarnations of Hancock’s Half Hour, he and Alan Simpson virtually invented the home-grown sitcom, and with their next creation, Steptoe and Son, they scaled creative heights seldom equalled.

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