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Village remembers TV legend Frost
5:16pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
TRIBUTES have been paid to former Michel-mersh resident and veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost who died on Saturday evening.
Sir David died of a suspected heart attack aboard the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth bound for Portugal.
Kent-born Sir David, 74, sold Michelmersh Court, where he had lived with wife Carina for 30 years, and moved to Hambledon in Oxfordshire earlier this year to be closer to family.
Ex-Michelmersh and Timsbury Parish Council chairman Peter Pritchett-Brown said Sir David moved to the Test Valley in the 1980s to get away city life and the glare of public life.
“He did put in appearances at village events on the recreation ground and he was always approachable, aid Mr Pritchett-Brown “Sometimes he would come to services at St Mary’s Church in Michelmersh. If anyone of international importance visiting him there would more security near his home.
“He was very interested in things going on in the village but he liked his privacy which was one of the reasons why he and his wife moved to Michelmersh. They wanted to belong to the community but they did like to keep themselves to themselves.”
While living at Michelmersh, Sir David, who was knighted in 1992, joined an ill-fated campaign to block plans to dig gravel from farmland at Kimbridge Farm and transport it on a mile long conveyor belt to a dispatch area at Mottisfont.
“He was very disturbed by the plans and didn’t want the countryside industrialised. ” concluded Mr Pritchett-Brown.
Sir David even got the late Master of the Rolls Lord Denning involved in the campaign.
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