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Peter Bowles taught me how to live - Gyles Brandreth

Regulars | By Gyles Brandreth

Adieu, old friend: Peter and Sue Bowles

Peter Bowles was on top form as he faced the final curtain. By Gyles Brandreth

Over the years, I have noticed how courageous and good-humoured people can be in the face of death. Twenty-four hours before he died, aged 45, the actor Simon Cadell – star of Hi-de-Hi and my best friend from school – looked up at me from his bed in the Harley Street Clinic, whispered ‘Cheerio, old chum,’ grinned and gave me a double thumbs-up. Not long before she died of cancer, aged 66, the actress and Oxo-ad mum, Lynda Bellingham, telephoned me to say, ‘It’s all fine. I’m ready to go. Don’t worry, be happy – I am.’ ...

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