Lord Renton was a true gentleman

MY memory of Lord Renton is as a patron of Shakespeare at the George. On the last night, there are those who go to be seen. They forget that even during the hottest summer in this country, after 9pm it can get cold and may occasionally be wet. Sir David c

MY memory of Lord Renton is as a patron of Shakespeare at the George. On the last night, there are those who go to be seen. They forget that even during the hottest summer in this country, after 9pm it can get cold and may occasionally be wet.

Sir David came prepared to see and not be seen: a flask for the interval, a rug for the second half and, just in case, something waterproof - he always was there to the end.

To him it did not matter if you were third peasant (me), a principal, or one of the backroom boys and girls whom no-one sees, but without them the production would not go on. He had time, and made time, for us all.

He truly was a gentleman. His sort do not often walk this earth. He will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

PETER HUGHES, Croftfield Road, Godmanchester

* I WOULD like, on behalf of the late June Cruse, to add to tributes paid to Lord Renton. He encouraged June in her "Save Spring Common" campaign, and, indeed, got it a hearing in the High Court, which we understood to be favourable.

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It was decided there that the Freemen's Charity should be open to the residents of Huntingdon and not solely to the Freemen.

Lord Renton admired June for reviving the Beating of the Bounds on Spring Common, which took place every spring, and indeed he led the reading of the tributes at the event. I know June valued his friendship and interest.

FRANCES STRATFORD, Ambury Hill, Huntingdon

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