Tricia Baldwin, BBC Stamp Lady, dies
Tricia Baldwin, who was affectionately known as the Stamp Lady to BBC staff, has died.
The former studio manager, who retired from the BBC many years ago, had a stroke in her home and never regained consciousness.
Tricia joined the BBC secretarial pool in 1951, working her way up to clerk typist and then to studio manager.
But while she enjoyed her job, it was the social aspect of BBC life that really proved the main attraction. She told Ariel in an interview last year: 'What hooked me was Motspur Park and all the sporting facilities, tennis, netball, you name it.
'There was a riding section, so I rode with the Household Cavalry in their riding school, I skated at Queensway, I joined the dance section, I took up bridge, and I learnt to play golf, which was the love of my life. So I never wanted to leave the BBC, it didn't matter about the job.'
She was a keen stamp collector and started selling stamps to colleagues, first as a member of staff, and then after she retired at the age of 55. She was regularly heard calling out 'Anyone for stamps?' as she passed through BBC buildings in London.
'I've made a whole raft of new friends doing this; we often end up discussing things and forget the stamps,' she said.
Tricia added that she had no intention of stopping, although she was in her eighties. 'I keep going because I'm interested in everything; I lived a sporting life, I don't smoke and my drinking is negligible. I've found that as the staff change I make new friends and although my legs do get tired, I shall keep going until I can't.'
Tricia was last seen doing her rounds in west London last month.
Some members of staff have been tweeting about the news. Nigel Smith, a digital editor at Radio 4, tweeted: 'Sad. Still have book of 1st class I bought from her recently.'
There's also a Facebook page called 'BBC Stamp Lady Rocks' that was set up two years ago in her honour.