Another longstanding friend passed away last week - the delightful actress Dora Bryan.
Dora was born in Southport but raised in Oldham - and she achieved early fame at the Coliseum Theatre. She married the cricketer Bill Lawton, a lovely man.
In one of the national newspaper obituaries she was described as 'sharp as a needle'. I'm not sure they could actually have known her! She was known as 'Dotty Dora' amongst her friends.
I remember going to see her at the National Theatre. It was a very serious production and as she made an exit off stage she suddenly did the splits - it was most inappropriate for the play. When I went to see her in her dressing room she asked if I'd noticed. "I did them for you!" she said.
Dora hadn't been well for a number of a years - since Bill died - and she spent her last years in a home on the south coast.