Remembering those from Norfolk who passed in 2011 - part 1

Arts and heritage

A former leader of the world's Girl Guides and fund-raiser for garden charities, the Hon Beryl Cozens-Hardy, left, died aged 99 at her north Norfolk home. She had received the OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1971 for distinguished service to the Girl Guide Association.

Norwich's best-known Morris dancer, Win Winstone, 98, spent decades keeping a musical tradition alive. His efforts were recognised in 2009 when he was made an MBE. Win, as he was always known, was then still playing the melodeon with Norwich-based Kemp's Men Morris dancing team.

Norwich-born Mike Capocci, 81, was one of the great entertainers in the world of jazz, had started playing piano at the age of three.

Retired Norwich television engineer Colin 'Chuck' Newton, 69, devoted more than 50 years to studying ancient Egypt and the pharaohs. His scholarship was outstanding, said one world authority on Egyptology.

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Fred Dubery, 84, was a distinguished recorder of East Anglian scenes and Professor David Bradby, 68, was a world-renowned expert on modern French theatre.

Anglia's 'Mr Music', Peter Fenn, 80, composed the signature tune for the Sale of the Century quiz show. His catchy and distinctive organ-playing won a near cult following. In 1981, the show's host Nicholas Parsons won a then record audience for an Anglia TV programme of 21.2 million. Peter was director of music at Anglia Television for more than 30 years, having started on the second day of broadcasting on October 28, 1959 with the glamorous presenter 17-year-old Susan Hampshire.

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One of the most influential BBC post-war television producers, Robin Nash, 84, started his career in his native Norfolk. He produced Top of the Pops, The Two Ronnies and the comedy, Bread. He was head of variety until 1981 and head of comedy until 1987.

Dad's Army co-author and producer, David Croft, 89, also wrote other classic comedies including 'Allo 'Allo and Hi-de-Hi!, took part in the unveiling of a bronze statue of Captain Mainwaring in Thetford a year ago. His long-running partnership with Jimmy Perry spawned Dad's Army, arguably the most successful British sitcom of all time, which originally aired between 1968 and 1977.

Michael Lomax, character and comic actor, 78, launched his stage career at the Maddermarket in Norwich. He also appeared in television comedies including Hi-de-Hi! and It Ain't Half Hot Mum.

Betty Crane, dancer turned Norfolk theatrical producer and director, 78, was founder of Norfolk Amateur Light Operatic Society and voice teacher Angela Caine, 74, even helped rock legend Elton John at one stage of his career.

Judith Scott, OBE, who was an inspirational figure in the conservation and heritage world, died aged 94. She was a founder of Norfolk Churches Trust.

For more than half a century, John Hudson, 72, devoted his life to promoting music in churches. He was secretary to the Norfolk committee of the Royal School of Church Music and received a 40-year award in 2001.

Award-winning local government architect Tony Whitwood, who died at his Stoke Holy Cross home aged 79, was the last to hold the post of Norwich city architect, which had been established more than a century earlier. He won Housing Design and Civic Trust Awards for schemes in Cow Hill. Other major projects included the airport buildings and at Bowthorpe.

John 'Jack' Vowles, who was voted the country's best Father Christmas, died aged 90 at his home at Costessey, near Norwich. A fund-raiser for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, he was a regular on Wally Webb's radio show.

International trapeze artist Mike Stamp, right, 71, performed on the high wire for a quarter of a century. Born at Diss, he and wife Pat even performed for president Kenneth Kaunda in Zambia.


An advocate of traditional policing, former Norfolk chief constable Gordon Taylor, right, died aged 96. He was probably the country's longest-serving policeman, and was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen. Appointed in 1975, he had been one of the few serving police officers who had seen a defendant birched.

The last of the city's combined firemen and police officers, Len Scrivens, left, died aged 89. He was seriously injured fighting the fires in Norwich when the Luftwaffe launched the Baedeker raids in April 1942. A total of 850 people were killed or wounded during the bombing.

Dennis Josey, right, a wartime pilot who led the Queen's Coronation flypast on June 2, 1953 and was awarded the DFC for gallantry, died aged 91 at his Watton home. And a pilot, who twice performed aerobatic displays for the Queen, Calum Young, died aged 84 at his west Norfolk home. In five decades, he flew 27 types of aircraft and was made an MBE in the 1967 New Year's honours.

Group Capt David Seward, who led the country's first official aerobatic team and was director of the Norfolk branch of the British Red Cross Society for 10 years from 1986, died aged 80. He commanded the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and lived at Honing for more than 25 years.

A chief technician with the RAF at Swanton Morley, George Dalrymple, 88, won an official award for a cost-saving design. He completed 50 years with the RAF, latterly in a civilian capacity. RAF aircraft engineer Bernard Coombes, 81, who lived at Drayton, Norwich, was made an MBE for decades of exemplary service.

Norwich School pupil Bryan Wright, who died aged 96 at Wroxham, served in the Royal Navy during the second world war and was awarded the DSM and twice mentioned in dispatches.

A former director of the British Red Cross in Norfolk, Major Michael Robertson-Young, died aged 85. In 1944, he became the youngest captain in the British Army. Later he left to seek Holy Orders but returned to the Army in 1952 until retiring in 1973.

Agnes Cain, who received one of the Royal British Legion's highest awards, died aged 88 at a Dereham nursing home. In recognition of her 37 years' service as secretary at West Raynham, she was presented with the rare national golden award of the women's section in January 1994.

Farmers and others

In the farming world, a third-generation Norfolk flour and animal feed miller Tony Duffield, left, 83, laid the foundation of the firm's rapid growth in the 1960s and 1970s at Saxlingham Thorpe mill, near Norwich. He ended the family's 101-year tradition of flour-milling in 1991. Remarkably, in his entire life, he moved just a mile as the crow flies from the family farm at Hautbois, near Wroxham, to Lammas, where he died in May. As chairman of governors at Easton College for nine years until 1998, his leadership was crucial. His old brother, William (known as Pat) died aged 90. A great fund-raiser for Muscular Dystrophy, he started the Mangreen Centre as a centre to nourish the mind, body and soul.

Fifth-generation farmer Philip Almey, 75, had featured in the National Farmers' Union's centenary year as an example of a long-established family holding.

Award-winning potato grower and classic farm machinery enthusiast Paddy Randell, 65, brought together nine vintage combines with a total age of 428 years to harvest winter wheat at Grove Farm, Skeyton, in September 2009.

Working vintage farm machinery was given a new lease by Joe Parker, right, who was a founder member of the Starting Handle Club in 1974, and chairman for 30 years. Through his involvement with the Worstead Festival, hundreds of thousands pounds were raised for charities.

Dairy farmer Henry Harvey, 87, was president of the Ayrshire Cattle Society in 1989. He won championships at the Royal Show in the 1970s and '80s with his Waxham pedigree herd, which was sold to a Cumbrian farmer after the 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic.

Stafford Eales, who died at his Broadland home aged 100, was the oldest policyholder of the country's leading rural insurer. He built the NFU Mutual's East Norfolk agency into one of the region's biggest branch networks. Secretary to the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association, he was elected president in 1971.

Farmer Dennis Long, aged 86, was a founder member of Wymondham Young Farmers' Club and produced the YFC pantomime for several decades. His family's Hethel farm won a Royal Forestry Society Award.

And Leslie Snelling, 75, was the man who signed the cheques for auctioneers Irelands, which ran the country's biggest market in the 1950s and '60s. He was treasurer of Chapelfield Road Methodist Church for almost 40 years.

Basil Cook, right, who died aged 91 at his Wicklewood home, was one of the first Norfolk poultry producers to vaccinate against fowl pest, when it became available on July 30, 1962. For more than six decades, he was a member of the NFU's poultry board. As a district councillor from 1964, he laid one of the pillars of South Norfolk House, Long Stratton, in 1976.

An enthusiast for 'new-fangled' farming, David Maufe, who took a tenancy in the 1930s agricultural depression on the Holkham estate at Branthill Farm, near Wells, died aged 92. Inspired by Bill Newcombe Baker, of Sedgeford, he specialised as a malting barley and sugar beet grower.

Harry Hornor, left, chartered accountant and farmer, who built up a 2,500-acre enterprise, died at his Ketteringham home aged 83. A partner in the Norwich firm, HP Gould & Son, it became the first in the city to join a national concern, Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Co in 1968. When he retired as managing partner of the Norwich office of KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock in 1991, it had grown into part of the world's largest accountants.

Robert Beeson, who died at his North Norfolk home, aged 69, helped to create what was Europe's largest potato business. By 2005, when he retired MBM was handling more than a million tonnes a year.

Dairy farmer's son John Willett, 92, helped revolutionise East Anglian's cattle breeding industry. As an AI (artificial insemination) technician, he even appeared on a national TV programme, I've Got a Secret, as the man who 'sired' hundreds of thousands of calves.

North Norfolk tenant farmer Francis Key, who had a 50-year showing career, died aged 80. He won the Queen's Prize for best home-bred animal in June 2003 – half a century after parading Hereford cattle for the first time for the Duke of Grafton – at the last peripatetic Royal Norfolk Show at Narborough, near Swaffham, in 1953.

North Norfolk farmer John Alston, who played a pivotal role in the creation of one of the country's most successful marketing co-operatives, died aged 82. He had been director of Anglian Produce for 15 years and also on the board of Eastern Counties Farmers for 13 years, once Britain's biggest farm co-op.

Colin Rackham, right, driving force behind the creation of a Norfolk farmers' buying group, died aged 89 at his home in Western Australia. In his 27 years at Loddon Farmers, the forerunner of Anglia Farmers, he was a director, company secretary and managing director as well as farming at Loddon.

Tomorrow, the second part of a review of many of those who died during the year looks at business leaders, teachers and the community.

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