YP Letters: Memories of the Countess and a bonny baby

The Dowager Countess of Harewood, pictured here with Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani, has died at the age of 91.
The Dowager Countess of Harewood, pictured here with Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani, has died at the age of 91.
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From: Peter J Teal, Union Road, Thorne, Doncaster.

I WAS rather sad to hear of the passing away of the Countess of Harewood. It brought back memories in 1971 of her judging events at a local August Bank Holiday gala which, living nearby at the time, my wife and I attended together with my son, then aged two.

It was held on a rather unkempt football field with a dilapidated wooden shed.

She judged the bonny baby event and awarded my son second prize.

I thought at the time it was very good of her to come down from Harewood House to the back streets of East End Park, Leeds 9.

The gala was organised by the local Conservative Party, which probably had something to do with it.

I can understand Lord Harewood being attracted to her when they first met at Milan Airport. At the gala, she was immaculately dressed in a blue and white outfit with hat to match, and was very attractive, looking much younger than her 44 years.