Tributes paid to Chrishall legend Irene Cranwell
TRIBUTES have been paid to legendary Chrishall resident Irene Cranwell who has died. Mrs Cranwell passed away peacefully at her home in the village last Thursday, just weeks before her 100th birthday. A former school mistress and village correspondent for
TRIBUTES have been paid to legendary Chrishall resident Irene Cranwell who has died.
Mrs Cranwell passed away peacefully at her home in the village last Thursday, just weeks before her 100th birthday.
A former school mistress and village correspondent for The Crow, she had lived in Chrishall since 1935 when she came to work at the village school.
Her voice became familiar to many as a contributor to the Christopher South show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
You may also want to watch:
Writing on the village website, Mr South said: "Irene was one of my best friends. I had known her 50 years - she was an absolutely extraordinary person. She was not a cuddly old lady but a real toughie."
Married to the late Bernard Cranwell, she leaves a daughter, Sue, and a son, John. Her son-in-law, Fred, now curates the Chrishall museum, which was founded by Mrs Cranwell based on her personal collection of memorabilia.
- 1 Cambridge Country Show promises 'something for everybody'
- 2 New care home for Royston unanimously approved
- 3 Bassingbourn Barracks: New chapter for Army’s flagship operational training centre
- 4 From Hertfordshire to the Strictly dancefloor: 7 Strictly Come Dancing contestant from the county
- 5 Stunning snap causes stir online
- 6 Nuthampstead Olympic Shooter takes bronze in Tokyo
- 7 Train services resume after earlier disruption at Royston
- 8 Huge splash of support for Meldreth diver Dan Goodfellow
- 9 Roystonian becomes president of American broadband firm
- 10 Arrests made in connection with large-scale money laundering operation
The Chrishall marketeers group recognised her contribution to village life - and her status as the country's oldest regular broadcaster - by presenting Mrs Cranwell with a garden bench at its Christmas market in December.
In her letter of thanks to the group, Mrs Cranwell said: "On behalf of dear old Chrishall - thank you for the really lovely bench, combining beauty and practicality. To paraphrase a well known benediction: God bless her and all who sit on her.