Grantham born, Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96 after a short illness his agent Jean Diamond has confirmed.
“He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital.”
Born in Castlegate, his father was family doctor to the Roberts family (and reportedly delivered their daughter Margaret) and he began his education at KGGS mixed kindergarten.
From there the eight-year-old went to the King’s School pre-school but after only eight weeks the family moved to London.
After distinguishing himself at St Paul’s School in Latin, Greek and rugby union, he tried to become an engineer to please his family.
He always wanted to act, but found himself beginning an apprenticeship for a firm that made pumps and turbines where his first pay packet for a 48 hour week was 49p!
He started doing impersonations, joined an amateur concert party, survived the rigours of Clydebank where he endeared himself to his workmates by taking off his foreman.
He also went to Glasgow University where he excelled at rugby and even played in an East v West Scottish trial game.
His first professional engagement, while still an engineering apprentice, was as a Carroll Levis discovery on his radio shows.
He served his acting apprenticeship in repertory at Bromley in Kent.
After two years playing a different part in a different play each week, he proved that comedy and character roles were his particular strength. Failing to obtain work in the West End, he moved to the London cabaret circuit in the 1950s and starred at Quaglino’s, The Allegro, The Colony, the famous Cafe de Paris and many other venues.
In 1952 he became resident comedian at the famous Windmill Theatre which was followed by radio variety.
In 1976, Nicholas was invited to stand as Liberal Party candidate for the Yeovil constituency but refused. Instead newcomer Paddy Ashdown was adopted and won the seat.
TV appearances include Four Feather Falls, The Arthur Haynes Show, Benny Hill Show and from 1971 to 1984, Sale of the Century.
He has also chaired Radio 4’s Just a Minute since its inception in 1967, never missing an episode.
He was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.#
Road closed, rolled Over Truck, queueing Traffic, detour in operation
Road closed and queueing traffic due to rolled over truck on A1 Foston By Pass Northbound between A52 Barrowby Road (Grantham North / Barrowby Turn Off) and Foston turn-off.
The road surface has been damaged by the overturned lorry carrying a transformer.
Back row left to right as we are looking at it ( Grey Jumper- Keeper) Adie Oates, Mick Watts, Jim Humphreys, Mick Whitehead, Perry Smith, Geoff Johnstone. Front Row – Steve Smith, Mick Norton, Phil Gadd, Terry Fox, Dave Codd.
There was an accident on the Spittlegate slip road from the A1 northbound at Little Ponton at about 7.30pm yesterday evening, creating long delays to traffic
Fire crews from Grantham and Corby Glen attended the collision involving two cars..
Crews made the scene safe and gave casualty care to a person.
It is understood there were no serious injuries
A man was left shocked after his car was crushed by a lorry while he was parked outside his workplace.
Officers were called to the scene of the crash after the smash – and one man said it was lucky that nobody was hurt.
His colleagues on Alma Park Road in Grantham had heard a large bang and rushed outside to see what it was – only to find the car had been badly damaged.
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, told Lincolnshire Live: “The car was parked in a private car park at our workplace – it’s my friend’s car.
“He went across the road and smashed into a wall before crushing my friend’s car.
“It’s lucky that nobody was hurt. Ten minutes later and my friend could’ve been dead.
“He usually goes out for his dinner at that time.
“He’s only had the car for three months and it was a good motor.
“It’s a shame that this has happened but it’s fortunate that no one was hurt.”
A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “Our officers attended Alma Park at 12.50pm after a lorry collided with a wall and a vehicle.
“We are not aware of any injuries.”
Grantham & Stamford
- Conservative – Gareth Davies – 36,794
- Labour – Kathryn Salt – 10,791
- Liberal Democrat – Harrish Bisnauthsing – 6,153
- Green – Anne Gayfer – 2,265
Sleaford & North Hykeham
- Conservative – Caroline Johnson – 44,683
- Labour- Linda Edwards-Shea – 12,118
- Liberal Democrat – Oliver Craven -5,355
- Lincolnshire Independents – Marianne Overton – 1,999
- Green – Simon Tooke – 1,742
- Independent – Caroline Coram – 657
Rutland & Melton
- Conservative – Alicia Kearns – 36,507
- Labour – Andy Thomas -9,583
- Liberal Democrat – Carol Weaver – 7,970
- Green – Alastair McQuillan – 2,875
- UKIP – Marietta King – 917
- Independent – Anthony Watchorn – 458
Grantham Fire Station will be with Santa in the Barrowby gate area starting from approx 6pm-8:30pm. Santa is looking forward to seeing everyone so make sure you give him a big wave. The firefighters will also be collecting for the firefighters charity and any donation is greatly appreciated.
Trains through Grantham have been cancelled after a person has been hit by a train.
The East Coast Mainline ground to a halt this morning, Wednesday, November 6.
British Transport Police (BTP) attended the lines in Claypole just before 7am on Wednesday morning following reports of a casualty on the tracks.
Paramedics also attended but the person was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers are now working to identify the person and inform their family.
The incident is not currently being treated as suspicious and officers will prepare a file for the coroner.
This is the second incident in two days
Yesterday a man in his 60s died on the tracks near to Grantham station.
British Transport Police officers were called to the station just after 7.30am on Tuesday (5th).
Paramedics pronounced the person dead at the scene. Again, there are no suspicious circumstances
Services are being cancelled, delayed or revised.
We are hearing reports that police have closed the road between Ancaster and Honnington junction due to accident. As of 9pm
Hope Trust East Midlands plan to offer the free counselling services to those affected by rape and sexual abuse.
Currently a community group of interested Counsellors, these three Grantham women plan to register for Charitable Incorporated Organisation status in the coming months and bring to life a much needed service in the area.
Original co-founders Katherine and Michelle approached Holly to help with the marketing and set up of the Charity and the trio was born.
Katherine said “When we decided to go ahead with the new venture we were thinking primarily about getting our previous clients the support they need, now we have to look at it from a different perspective.
Before we can present the service to the public we will need a level of investment that will enable premises and office equipment to get us up and running.”
Holly agreed, “we will be approaching Grantham businesses and locals, cap in hand. We will need funding and we believe that not only is this service vital to a great number of East Midlands residents, it is a huge asset to Grantham. We plan to take on volunteer counsellors from the local college and other local institutions as well. We want Grantham at the heart of this project.”
Michelle added, “we want to thank Eddie Johnson for helping with the logo and Michele at Primrose and Bee for offering to help with the website. We are extremely grateful and really proud of how Hope Trust is beginning to take shape.”
Earlier this month Trust House Lincolnshire, the local charity previously providing this service, closed its doors to the public.
There is heavy traffic and delays following an accident on A1 Great North Road Northbound between A1 (Barnack Turn Off) and A43 Kettering Road (Wothorpe / Easton On The Hill Turn Off). Average speed five mph
Silvia Potts says…
Taken this morning,they sure where not kidding when possible flooding was mentioned I’d say…..
I live on Harrowby Rd and 3 of my chickens have escaped: 2 are regular brown ones, the other is a stylish grey & white leggy thing! If you see any rogue poultry please can you let me know?
Going be fun in the morning rush…
|2/3 of those in Grantham believe inheritance tax should be scrapped.On average, Brits think the threshold should double. 58% admit not knowing the inheritance tax rate. Includes interactive map with regional data.Inheritance tax is an undoubtedly emotive and political subject. Proponents argue that taxing people on their inheritance redistributes income and helps society as a whole. Those who are against it say that it is a double tax and that it’s a basic human right to provide for your children, which the government should have no say in. |
A survey of 3,000 Brits by William May, retailers of luxury vintage watches and fine jewellery, questioned what people think the threshold should be on inheritance tax (currently at 40% on estates above £325k). Considering how rapidly house prices have increased over the past few years, many may argue that £325,000 doesn’t seem at all high, and that the threshold should increase. They were also asked whether they think inheritance tax should exist at all.
It was found that overall, Brits feel the threshold should be raised to £679,000 – more than double the current value. And on average, nearly 3/4 (70%) do not agree with taxing people on their inheritance…
Respondents in Grantham believe the threshold on inheritance tax should be £676,000 – just below the national average. It was also found that 2/3 (66%) of respondents in Grantham feel inheritance should not be taxed.
Interestingly, the survey also found that over half (58%) of respondents did not know what the current inheritance tax rate is.
[According to UK regulations, inheritance tax is defined* as a tax on the estate – this not only included property and money, but also personal possessions such as family heirlooms and jewellery. Potentially this means that people might be forced to sell items passed down of sentimental value, just to pay the tax on it. While there are exceptions, the current standard inheritance tax is 40% and is charged on the portion of the estate that is above the tax-free threshold of £325,000]
To see how responses differed across the UK, view this interactive map:
|The survey found that 74% of respondents feel that personal possessions that might be included in the inheritance tax, such as jewellery, should be excluded.|
Moreover, nearly two-thirds (60%) agree that the inheritance tax threshold should be correlated to house prices.
Nearly two-fifths (39%) of Brits admit they wouldn’t declare gifted jewellery from a parent in order to avoid paying the inheritance tax on it.
Respondents were also asked what items they would like to be exempt from inheritance tax and it was found that over one-third (34%) said land. 20% felt jewellery should not be taxed; 18% said artwork; 16% believed cars should be exempt; 7% said vintage watches, and 5% said shares should also be inheritance tax-free.
‘Luxury possessions like fine jewellery and vintage watches are priceless in terms of sentimental value, and often in terms of physical value too,’ says Nick Withington of William May. ‘If you’re thinking about investing in a timeless piece, it’s worth planning ahead so it can be passed down (legally) free of inheritance tax.’