Puppet-master who went to war with his real Lady Penelope: How Gerry Anderson was haunted by his divorce from the beauty who voiced his leading lady in Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson died yesterday aged 83 after battle with Alzheimer's diseaseBorn in 1929 and spent early life in a one-bedroom flat in north-west LondonMarried first wife Betty Wrightman in the Fifties and they had two daughtersBut he had affair with Sylvia Thamm and they were married from 1960-1975Sylvia voiced Lady Penelope but their split was acrimonious when son was 8 Wed Mary Robins, a secretary 20 years his junior, in 1981 and had one son | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 27 December 2012 Each week a young Gerry Anderson waited eagerly for letters from his elder brother who was training to become an RAF pilot at an American airfield in Arizona during World War II. Sergeant Pilot Lionel Anderson went on to fly two tours with 515 Squadron over occupied Europe. One day in 1944 his family received the letter everyone dreaded — they were told the pilot was missing in action over Holland.
Primary school's entire governing body forced to resign after spending 6,000 of public funds on headteacher's farewell BBQ Governing body resigned over 'financial irregularity' relating to the partyVicar Rev Brian Stephen Senior among ten governors who stepped downSurprise party marked end of Keith Marden's 25-year tenure as head | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 14 December 2012 Enlarge Farewell: Headteacher Keith Marden said he had nothing to do with the organising of his farewell party that cost 6,000 The entire governing body of a poorly performing school that blew 6,000 of its budget on a headteacher's leaving party has resigned over 'financial irregularity'. Parents and politicians condemned the decision to use money from the ailing budget at Sherwood Park Community Primary School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on the summer send-off for Keith Marden
Top university admits it struggles to admit disadvantaged students without resorting to social engineering University said it struggled to admit more deprived students because few make the gradeInstitution – where Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met – said time to 'stop demonising higher education for poor progression rates’. | UPDATED: 02:05 GMT, 27 November 2012 A leading university has admitted it is struggling to admit more disadvantaged students without resorting to ‘utterly dishonest’ social engineering.