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of the Leicester author Sue Townsend ` the woman who gave us Adrian Mole.
Her family chose to hold a public funeral service at De Montfort Hall
` in the heart of the city she loved. Sue was described as generous
and kind with a wicked sense of humour, as Geeta Pendse reports.
An iconic cultural venue befitting a woman who put Leicester on the
literary map. Sue Townsend's family, friends and the public attended the
funeral service. It was a nonreligious service. While cameras
were not present, audio was relayed to mourners outside. Extracts of her
work and tributes were read out. ?? YELLOW She was not scared of death,
but she was not ready to die. She loved life too much. She loved
Leicester and the overflowing home that she had made in a corner of it.
She loved trees, garden centres, flowers. She loved red lipstick,
handbags and shoes. The actor Stephen Mangan read an excerpt from
her book and talked about playing Adrian Mole. To find myself playing
him on telly. It was terrifying, and would have been a lot more
terrifying had it not been for Sue. She could see what a terrifying
prospect it was for me to play one of the most famous literary
characters. She looked after me. She was on set every day. She guided me
through the whole thing. What could have been frightening turned out to
be one of the best experiences of my life. Two of her former classmates
came to pay tribute. They spoke about the friendship of over 56 and
three`quarter years. A woman who was not a follower, who had a wicked
sense of humour. I will remember her because of her laughing. She felt
passionately about things like injustice and politics, but you
could not hold a conversation with her without that guffaw of laughter
coming out of her. Her coffin was played out to the music of Etta
James and taken to a private funeral. `` a private family
cremation. It captured her passion for life and her love for Leicester.
And for the written word. Goodbye. With your weekend on bank
holiday weather, here is an. Not looking too bad. Mostly dry,
some sunshine but a little frost. As we go through the night tonight, we
continue to see the cloud clearing giving us clear skies. Temperatures
drop away quite quickly. In rural sheltered spots, you are likely to
get frost. A chilly start tomorrow but bright and sunny. Sunshine
throughout the day. More cloud coming in the afternoon. On Sunday,
we are in for a cloudy start with patchy outbreaks of rain. But
high`pressure clings on so we sit `` we should see some sunshine in the
afternoon. Here is the outlook. the rest of the weekend. Now look at
the Outlook with Nick Miller. Neuer-macro don't worry, this is not
the repeat. It is live. This is the forecast you are more likely to see
in January than May, but this is a cold night for the time of year. We
have got some cloud coming into the West, stopping the temperature going
down too far. It may produce light rain later in the night, maybe a
rogue shower from patchy cloud in East Anglia. For most, dry, clear,
temperatures are on the way down and will end up lower than this in the
coldest rural spots by morning. -4 in rural Scotland in the coldest
moral spots in southern England, so gardeners take note, frost for some
of us are begins. What about the rest of the weekend? High pressure
is here as it begins. You may think, great, settled weather, it does
protect the south and east of the UK but Atlantique weather fronts coming
to the north and west, giving some rain at times. First, for tomorrow,
it is a fine start. Chilly, a lot of dry weather around from the word go.
Quite a bit of sunshine. The first Atlantique weather system is
bringing cloud and rain