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Lynda Bellingham at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival in 2010. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Former Crouch End and Muswell Hill resident Lynda Bellingham dies after losing cancer fight

Actress and Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham, who was battling cancer, died yesterday in her husband’s arms, her agent has confirmed.

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Singer Lynsey de Paul, who has died at the age of 64, in 1985. Picture: PA

Esther Rantzen leads tributes to first female Ivor Novello winner Lynsey de Paul

ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen has led tributes to the first woman to ever win a prestigious Ivor Novello award, Lynsey de Paul, who has died aged 64.

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Human rights campaigner Helen Bamber who has died aged 89. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Obituary: Emma Thompson and Colin Firth lead tributes to pioneering human rights activist Helen Bamber

A trailblazing human rights campaigner who has died aged 89 has been remembered as a “beacon of hope for humanity” by family, celebrity figures, charities and Jewish organisations.

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Historian Jack Whitehead has died aged 98. Picture: Polly Hancock

Obituary: Inspirational teacher and historian Jack Whitehead left schools with learning legacy

Jack Whitehead, who has died aged 98, was an inspired teacher all his life, both in schools and just as much through his many friendships and publications.

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Barbara Foster, dress maker to Margaret Thatcher, has died aged 87

Obituary: Barbara Foster, Polish emigre, mother and dressmaker to Margaret Thatcher, dies aged 87

Barbara Foster, who was born Barbara Pszczolkowska on March 27, 1927 in Warsaw in Poland, the middle child of a family of four siblings.

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Professor Orla Gough has died aged 60

Obituary: Hampstead academic Prof Orla Gough had gift for business and friendship

Psychotherapist Marian O’Connor remembers her friend, academic and long-time Hampstead resident Professor Orla Gough.

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Kay Hurwitz. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Obituary: Viola player and Hampstead Garden Suburb music teacher Kay Hurwitz dies at 94

Viola player and Hampstead Garden Suburb teacher Kay Hurwitz, who has died at the age of 94, has been remembered as a “remarkable woman”.

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Vera Derer and Vladimir Derer at their Golders Green home in 1981. Picture: Geoffrey White/Associated Newspapers/REX.

Campaigner who changed Labour Party rules from Golders Green home dies aged 95

A left-wing activist who ran an influential Labour Party campaign group from his Golders Green home has died aged 95.

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Lilian Brafman

Obituary: Community stalwart Dr Lilian Brafman was passionate about wellbeing of Hampstead

Architect and urban planner Dr Lilian Z. Brafman, who died aged 82 on June 7 after a long and painful illness, was a gifted and versatile person.

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Louise Pennington Legh, who has died aged 90, with her rifle on the Khyber Pass

‘In her 70s she could still strip a rifle on the Kyhber Pass’: Obituary Louise Pennington Legh

Bookkeeper, adventurer and community gardener Louise Pennington Legh died at the age of 90 on May 30. She lived for 40 years in Belsize Park.

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William Tanner in April of this year (2014). Picture: Alex Mavrocordatos

Obituary: Acclaimed director, playwright and Ham&High book reviewer William Tanner

Bill Tanner, a long-time local resident, born in Krugersdorp, South Africa, has died, aged 72.

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Mike Read has passed away

Highgate Society president pays tribute to ex-treasurer and golf lover Mike Read

Mike Read, who died this month aged 79, was a very active member of a number of Highgate organisations and well known in the village.

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The literary world today remembered Nobel Prize-winning author and West Hampstead resident Doris Lessing. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Doris Lessing memorial service: Literary world pays tribute to West Hampstead’s Nobel Prize winning author

Friends, family and figures from across the literary world gathered to pay tribute to West Hampstead resident and Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing today.

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Dr Tom Margerison's partner Marjorie Wallace with her sons (from left) Justin, Stefan and Sacha Skarbek. Picture: Nigel Sutton

‘Our encyclopedia of life’: Joy and tears at funeral of New Scientist co-founder Dr Tom Margerison

Family and friends gathered to bid a poignant farewell to a “seemingly straightforward man” who was one of the leading science journalists of his age.

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Tony Benn at home in Holland Park in 2008. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Obituary: Political figures and former colleagues in Camden remember Tony Benn

Political figures and former colleagues have remembered Labour stalwart Tony Benn following his death aged 88.

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Tony Benn at home in Holland Park in 2008. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Tributes to Labour stalwart Tony Benn who has died aged 88: ‘A conviction politician who will influence generations to come’

Tributes have poured in from all sides of politics to the veteran Labour politician and former cabinet minister Tony Benn, who has died at home at the age of 88.

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Tom Margerison

New Scientist magazine founder remembered as a ‘visionary and romantic’

The partner of a highly respected science journalist has remembered him as a visionary and true romantic following his death last week.

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Reverend Derek Spottiswoode has died aged 88

Obituary: Popular Hampstead preacher Rev Derek Spottiswoode dies aged 88

The Rev Derek Spottiswoode, long-time resident of Hampstead and former curate of St John-at-Hampstead Parish Church, passed away at the Royal Free Hospital on February 2. He was 88.

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Steve Smith

Frank Dobson MP leads tributes to ‘community hero’ who helped save hundreds of Camden homes

Leading Camden politicians have paid tribute to a community activist who spearheaded a triumphant campaign to save hundreds of families from 
being uprooted by plans to sell off their homes.

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Pippa Pugh pictured at a street party outside her Hampstead home to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Obituary: Hampstead’s Pippa Pugh was at heart of literary party set

Pippa Pugh, who has died at the age of 92, lived in Hampstead all her adult life.

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Margery Mason at her 100th birthday in September 2013. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Tributes paid as Harry Potter star and renowned actress dies at home in Swiss Cottage

A familiar face on our TV and cinema screens for more than 70 years and a long-time resident of Swiss Cottage has died just months after celebrating her 100th birthday.

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Raymond Paul (right).

Obituary: International fencing champion worked as stunt double for Hollywood icon Errol Flynn

A top-class British fencer who worked as a stunt double for Hollywood icon Errol Flynn has passed away, aged 85.

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Primrose Hill writer Brenda Colloms

Obituary: Primrose Hill author and journalist Brenda Colloms interviewed film stars and taught across Camden

An “intelligent and forceful” author, teacher and journalist, who lived in Primrose Hill for nearly 50 years, has died aged 93.

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Ian McGregor has died

Tributes to retired headteacher ‘loved by everyone’ who brought drama to UCS

A retired headteacher who led a Hampstead independent junior school for 24 years has died of cancer, aged 82.

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Roger Lloyd-Pack at Keats House in Hampstead. Picture: Nigel Sutton

‘Trigger? He was so much more than that’ - family and friends speak on ‘local hero’ Roger Lloyd-Pack

Tributes have poured in from across Camden and the world of entertainment following the death of comedy legend and “local hero” Roger Lloyd-Pack, who has been remembered locally for his campaigning spirit of justice and equality.

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Submariner, investment banker and prolific letter writer Walter Ronald Eyres, who was known as Ronnie, has died

Obituary: FT columnist pays tribute to cousin Ronnie Eyres - submariner, banker and man of letters

Submariner, banker and prolific letter writer Walter Ronald (Ronnie) Eyres was a clever, talented, modest man who hid layers of originality beneath a relatively conventional, gentlemanly exterior.

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Roger Lloyd-Pack has died aged 69, his agent said. Picture: Ian West

Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack dies at home with family in Kentish Town

Actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, has died aged 69, his agent said.

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Tom Rosenthal. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Obituary: Primrose Hill publisher Tom Rosenthal had ‘phenomenal’ impact on London arts

Influential publisher Tom Rosenthal has been remembered for his “phenomenal” impact on the London arts scene.

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Elizabeth Howard with her third husband, the noveslist Kingsley Amis, after their marriage in 1965. Picture: PA

The Cazalet Chronicles author Elizabeth Jane Howard who lived in Hampstead with ex-husband Kingsley Amis dies at 90

Author of The Cazalet Chronicles Elizabeth Jane Howard, who moved to Hampstead after marrying novelist Kingsley Amis, has died aged 90.

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Acting giant Peter O'Toole died aged 81. Picture: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Peter O’Toole: Hampstead friends and the man who used to ‘carry him home’ pay their tributes

Tributes have poured in for acting legend Peter O’Toole as former friends and neighbours remembered his “hellraising” exploits during his time in Hampstead.

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Education See all

Headteacher Geraldine Davies with students at UCL Academy. Picture: Polly Hancock

UCL Academy ‘puts right problems’ after disappointing first Ofsted

Camden’s only academy school has been praised for “putting right its problems” after being ordered to improve by inspectors earlier this year.

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High Speed 2 See all

Andrew Marr will be speaking about his new novel. Picture: Doug Peters

Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

An evening with broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr, a tour giving a history of London Zoo’s architecture and the Belsize Festival are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

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Obituaries See all

Lynda Bellingham at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival in 2010. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Former Crouch End and Muswell Hill resident Lynda Bellingham dies after losing cancer fight

Actress and Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham, who was battling cancer, died yesterday in her husband’s arms, her agent has confirmed.

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