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An RAF air marshal, a cancer care centre founder, a chocolate maker, a singer and a broadcaster

Matthew Bannister on Air Marshal Sir John Curtiss, cancer care centre founder Pat Pilkington, After Eight mint creator Brian Sollitt, singer Joan Regan and broadcaster Tom Vernon.

Matthew Bannister on

Air Marshal Sir John Curtiss who led the challenging RAF operation to re-take the Falkland Islands.

Pat Pilkington, co-founder of the Bristol Cancer Care Centre which offers complementary and holistic treatments

Brian Sollitt - the master chocolate maker who invented the After Eight Mint

Joan Regan - the Fifties singer who performed alongside Russ Conway, Max Bygraves and Cliff Richard - he pays tribute.

And the broadcaster Tom Vernon, best known for his programmes: "Fat Man On A Bicycle".

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28 minutes

Air Marshal Sir John Curtiss (pictured)

Matthew spoke to his son Peter Curtiss, to military historian Professor Mark Connelly and to Air Vice Marshal George Chesworth.

Born 6 December 1924; died 14 September 2013 aged 88.

Pat Pilkington

Matthew spoke to medical historian Dr. Laura Dawes and to Michael Connors of the Penny Brohn Centre.

Born 3 November 1928; died 19 August 2013 aged 84.

Brian Sollitt

Ian McMillan pays tribute.

Born 16 November 1938; died 16 July 2013 aged 74.

Joan Regan

Last Word spoke to radio presenter Russell Davies and to Sir Cliff Richard.

Born 19 January 1928; died 12 September 2013 aged 85.

Tom Vernon

Matthew spoke to television producer Jenny de Yong.

Born 23 April 1939; died 11 September 2013 aged 74.

Franco de Gemini

Born 10 September 1928; died 20 July 2013 aged 84.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Producer Neil George