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She died peacefully in her sleep,
at home, surrounded by her three
beloved children just as she
intended. And she had given us
one last gift in a lifetime of giving
everything to us---a happy Christ-
My mother was unconventional
to her very core. She often slept
on blankets on the garden lawn in
summer after coming home in the
morning from night shifts at the
She used to drive a blue Citroen
2CV6 with a plastic roll-back con-
vertible sunroof and plastic seats
that scorched your legs on hot days.
She drove up hill and over dale on
camping expeditions to places she
adored like Gordale Scar and Mat-
lock. She never married and was
a classic and complete single moth-
er of three mixed-race children.
She sent the other two to private
school and me to a grammar school
which she ensured I would pass
the entrance examination for by
hiring a tutor for me. Our nursery
was called simply "the Centre" and
was run by feminists, lesbians and
gays. From age five we went on
Ban The Bomb marches and anti-
We walked two miles to primary
school along an urban nature trail
called the Parkland Walk, a disused
railway track. In winter she d give
us 20 pence for the bus fare. As
toddlers in Camden she bought a
family season ticket for London Zoo
and pushed us in our prams through
Regents Park and around the animal
enclosures once a week. As a single
mom she had to do the things
fathers usually do too. I begged her
to take us to Arsenal.
When she realised we lived within
walking distance she rang the club
box office to find out the cost of
tickets and soon we went to our
first game, a 2-1 win over Luton.
The game featured the only three
footballers she would ever remem-
ber by name: Mark and Brian Stein
for Luton, and Arsenal s Perry
Groves, who she dubbed Twinkle
She took a degree in anthropol-
ogy aged 29 with three children.
She later retrained as a midwife,
completing a second degree, and
was a member of the Radical Mid-
She believed in natural home
births, promoted breastfeeding and
delivered three of her six grand-
She loved animals, especially her
horse Brandy and her dogs Frank,
Poppy and Smiffy. She was from
Bradford and a proud Yorkshire
woman, though she knew she
couldn t survive living there.
She needed freedom and adven-
ture. She left aged 16 to au pair in
Switzerland and travel Europe before
doing the same in Canada after a
brief stint as a stable girl in Essex.
Eventually in her early 20s she
arrived in London and had us kids.
The adventures never stopped
Through hills in Derbyshire,
mountains in Scotland, fields in
Wales, rivers in St Lucia, lakes in
Italy and beaches in France we fol-
lowed her joyfully.
I know I ll start to feel lonely
without her and I ll have to find
things to cope with that. Maybe I ll
write a book. It would be a fitting
way to remember her, the most
well-read person I have ever met.
She was a remarkable woman
who did and said whatever she
liked. Her values and ways were
unique and will never be seen again.
We thank her, Anne Surtees, for
everything she taught us about life.
She is survived by three devoted
children who will love and remem-
ber her every single day of the rest
of our lives.
From Page A26
Every Carnival season, calypso
aficionados snap up the tickets
for Vintage Fuh So! For one night
only, Vintage Fuh So! brings back
the best-loved calypsoes of yes-
teryear. Performers range from
grandmasters of the art to young
artistes who put their own flair
on well-loved kaiso songs.
This year s Pan, Sweet Pan con-
cludes a special Vintage trilogy
and takes place on January 22 at
Queen s Hall from 8 pm. It features
winning Panorama hits from
1966--1988, performed by popular
singers and musicians.
Trini, Heather Macintosh, KV
Charles and Nigel Rojas will belt
out hits like Sparrow s Obeah Wed-
ding and Doh Back Back; Kitch-
ener s The Bull, Pan in A
Minor, Miss Harriman; David Rud-
der s Hammer and Panama; Trini s
Curry Tabanca, Sailing; Shadow s
Bassman; Scrunter s Woman on
the Bass. The Steve Neaves Band
ZuzengGeng provides strong back-
A release from the organisers
said the KaiSoca project, featuring
Chantal Esdelle and a pan ensem-
ble, kicks the show off on a high
note with a Sparrow and Kitch
medley. Entertainer Peter Kelly,
known for his spicy picong and
storytelling, is the show s MC.
As usual, pre-show action
includes a parade of ole-time Car-
nival characters like the fire-
breathing blue devils and nimble
Free corn soup and aloo pies are
dished up from booths, and spon-
sors will serve an enticing variety
of food and drink.
Staged by the Holy Name Past
Pupils Association, proceeds go
towards its scholarship fund.
Tickets are available from
Queen s Hall Box Office or
email email@example.com to
book your tickets.
This year patrons have the
option of auditorium seating or
liming in the open-air courtyard
and enjoying the show on a very
Panorama classics for
Holy Name's Vintage Fuh So
She lived a full life
For further details, contact
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