02/05/2014 East Midlands Today


02/05/2014

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of the Leicester author Sue Townsend ` the woman who gave us Adrian Mole.

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Her family chose to hold a public funeral service at De Montfort Hall

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` in the heart of the city she loved. Sue was described as generous

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and kind with a wicked sense of humour, as Geeta Pendse reports.

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An iconic cultural venue befitting a woman who put Leicester on the

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literary map. Sue Townsend's family, friends and the public attended the

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funeral service. It was a nonreligious service. While cameras

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were not present, audio was relayed to mourners outside. Extracts of her

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work and tributes were read out. ?? YELLOW She was not scared of death,

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but she was not ready to die. She loved life too much. She loved

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Leicester and the overflowing home that she had made in a corner of it.

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She loved trees, garden centres, flowers. She loved red lipstick,

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handbags and shoes. The actor Stephen Mangan read an excerpt from

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her book and talked about playing Adrian Mole. To find myself playing

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him on telly. It was terrifying, and would have been a lot more

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terrifying had it not been for Sue. She could see what a terrifying

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prospect it was for me to play one of the most famous literary

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characters. She looked after me. She was on set every day. She guided me

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through the whole thing. What could have been frightening turned out to

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be one of the best experiences of my life. Two of her former classmates

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came to pay tribute. They spoke about the friendship of over 56 and

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three`quarter years. A woman who was not a follower, who had a wicked

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sense of humour. I will remember her because of her laughing. She felt

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passionately about things like injustice and politics, but you

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could not hold a conversation with her without that guffaw of laughter

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coming out of her. Her coffin was played out to the music of Etta

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James and taken to a private funeral. `` a private family

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cremation. It captured her passion for life and her love for Leicester.

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And for the written word. Goodbye. With your weekend on bank

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holiday weather, here is an. Not looking too bad. Mostly dry,

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some sunshine but a little frost. As we go through the night tonight, we

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continue to see the cloud clearing giving us clear skies. Temperatures

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drop away quite quickly. In rural sheltered spots, you are likely to

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get frost. A chilly start tomorrow but bright and sunny. Sunshine

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throughout the day. More cloud coming in the afternoon. On Sunday,

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we are in for a cloudy start with patchy outbreaks of rain. But

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high`pressure clings on so we sit `` we should see some sunshine in the

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afternoon. Here is the outlook. the rest of the weekend. Now look at

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the Outlook with Nick Miller. Neuer-macro don't worry, this is not

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the repeat. It is live. This is the forecast you are more likely to see

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in January than May, but this is a cold night for the time of year. We

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have got some cloud coming into the West, stopping the temperature going

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down too far. It may produce light rain later in the night, maybe a

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rogue shower from patchy cloud in East Anglia. For most, dry, clear,

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temperatures are on the way down and will end up lower than this in the

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coldest rural spots by morning. -4 in rural Scotland in the coldest

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moral spots in southern England, so gardeners take note, frost for some

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of us are begins. What about the rest of the weekend? High pressure

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is here as it begins. You may think, great, settled weather, it does

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protect the south and east of the UK but Atlantique weather fronts coming

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to the north and west, giving some rain at times. First, for tomorrow,

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it is a fine start. Chilly, a lot of dry weather around from the word go.

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Quite a bit of sunshine. The first Atlantique weather system is

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bringing cloud and rain

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