Lynda Bellingham and her husband Michael Pattermore

Lynda Bellingham and her husband Michael Pattermore

Lynda Bellingham was the most popular person I’ve ever met. TV presenter Kaye Adams said it best, “You were always pleased to see her and always felt she was pleased to see you… She always left you feeling better about life.” Lynda was just as popular with TV viewers who felt they knew the Oxo mum, the pretty wife in All Creatures Great and Small, the star or presenter of so many top shows.

Three weeks ago I wrote to Lynda. “You have not had the life of a cabbage growing in a cabbage patch. You have crammed your life, and where you have had serious problems, you have used those problems to help other people avoid them. You are without a doubt one of the important people I have had the pleasure of meeting in my life. With love and thanks, Shirley.”

To my astonishment, she emailed back, five hours later. “I long to meet again and I will try but there is so much to sort and I just want my boys to get through this.
All my love, Lynda B x”

I’m glad so many of us – either directly or through the huge media interest – had the chance to tell Lynda that we loved her.

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