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Tributes to Harry Oram – a man with ‘unrivalled knowledge’ of forestry

TRIBUTES have been paid to former head forester Harry Oram, a well-regarded woodland expert hailed for “unrivalled knowledge” of his industry. Harry Oram (pictured), who has died aged 70 after battling lymphoma, was a member...

Coronavirus: Tributes to sportswoman Diana Townsend (79)

TRIBUTES have been paid to Diana Townsend, a well-known champion of community causes and sportswoman, after she died having contracted coronavirus. Former teacher Diana (79), who lived in Sway, had been suffering from cancer and...
Colin Mudie

Colin Mudie: Ship designer, author and balloonist

LYMINGTON-based yacht and tall ships designer, balloonist, author and disabled-sailing advocate Colin Mudie has died aged 93. His vessels ranged from leather-skinned recreations of ancient craft and even a Chinese junk to powerboats, to the...
New Milton Junior School

Lorraine Phillips: Talented teacher at New Milton Junior School

FORMER New Milton Junior School teacher Lorraine Phillips has died aged 76. A thanksgiving service held at St Luke’s Church in Sway was attended by around 90 friends and colleagues and was followed by afternoon...
tommy warner

Tommy Warner: Circus labourer able to balance park bench on his chin

A FORMER army sergeant who was well known for performing tricks he learned while working at a circus has died aged 89. Father-of-six Tommy Warner was born in Dalkey, a few miles from Dublin in...

Ted Johnson: First park authority chair was New Forest champion

THE former director of planning at New Forest District Council and the inaugural chairman of the national park authority, Ted Johnson OBE, has died at the age of 85. A champion of the New Forest...
Hoburne Holidays

John Burry: ‘Inspirational’ Hoburne Group chairman and Official Verderer

THE former chairman of the Hoburne holiday and development company, John Burry, has died after a long and inspirational life. He was born on 7th February 1931, the first child of Alec and Phyllis Burry,...
Vic House

Vic House: Village’s Father Christmas was one of its most colourful characters

HIGHCLIFFE has lost one of its best known and most colourful characters with death of Vic House. For many years he played the village’s Father Christmas and was also instrumental in setting up Highcliffe Charity...
Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson: ‘Incredible’ runner who hit the roads into his 90s

TRIBUTES have poured in to “inspirational” and “incredible” New Forest runner Bruce Davidson who has died at the age of 98. Well known locally for taking part in the New Forest Marathon for many years,...
Ray Thompson

Ray Thompson: Engineer kept secret his role rebuilding Colossus code-breaker

PIONEERING electronics engineer Ray Thompson was such a modest man that it was not until the film The Imitation Game came out that he revealed to his family his own part in the history...
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