Poet who has died aged 79
Ursula Askham Fanthorpe – always known as UA – became a poet late in life. As she neared fifty, she gave up her post as Head of English at Cheltenham Ladies’ College to become what she once described as a “middle aged drop out”. She worked as a hospital receptionist, drawing inspiration from the patients around her and her career as a poet flourished. Her body of work was brought together in the definitive Collected Poems 1978-2003. She won many awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, was the first woman for more than three hundred years to be nominated for the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University and was suggested as a successor to Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate in 1998.
Matthew Bannister talks to Elizabeth Sandie.
UA Fanthorpe was born 22 July 1929 and died 28 April 2009.
Lieutenant-General Sir Martin Garrod
Soldier and Diplomat who has died aged 73
In a distinguished military career, Lieutenant-General Sir Martin Garrod rose to command the Royal Marines. He served twice in Cyprus, twice in the Far East and twice in Northern Ireland where he was mentioned in dispatches. One of the biggest challenges of his life came in the 1990s when he went to Mostar in Southern Bosnia as part of the European Union Monitor Mission.
Matthew Bannister talks to Lord Ashdown and Archie Tuta.
Lieutenant-General Sir Martin Garrod was born 29 May 1935 and died 17 April 2009.
Former manager of The Bay City Rollers who has died aged 70
The Bay City Rollers’ controversial manager Tam Paton was the son of an Edinburgh potato merchant. He became a bandleader at the city’s Palais de Dance, where he saw a band called The Saxons and decided to manage them, changing their name to The Bay City Rollers. The band went on to sell millions of albums and were followed by crowds of girls wherever they went. However, as this early success soured, Tam fell out with the band over allegations of missing money.
Matthew Bannister talks to Nobby Clark, Eddie Tobin and Caroline Sullivan.
Tam Paton was born 10 August 1938 and died 8 April 2009.
Bollywood actor and director who has died aged 69
Feroz Khan was the Bollywood action hero who became a respected director and producer. Some describe him as the Indian answer to Clint Eastwood. The son of an Afghan father and an Iranian mother, Feroz used his rugged good looks to work his way into movies in his twenties, appearing in low budget action thrillers and playing supporting roles in big Bollywood films. He then took up directing, making his debut with the glamorous action film Apradh in 1972.
Matthew Bannister spoke to Asjad Nazir.
Feroz Khan was born 25 September 1939 and died 27 April 2009.
Former Grand Bard of the Gorsedd of Cornwall who has died aged 94
Hugh Miners was a Cornishman through and through. A former Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd, he devoted his life to the promotion of the language and folklore of his native county. He travelled to many different parts of the world – but wherever he went, his heart belonged to Cornwall.
Matthew Bannister spoke to Brian Miners and Ann Jenkin.
Hugh Miners was born 13 March 1914 and died 27 February 2009.
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