Elspet Gray, who passed on the 18th of February 2013 aged 83.
She appeared in many television programmes, her first appearance being in 'Love in Waiting' in 1948. She had several roles in the 1970s including parts in Fawlty Towers, as the pediatrician wife of a psychiatrist baffled by Basil Fawlty’s behavior and in the 1980s with The Doctor Who story 'Arc of Infinity'... and the World War Two drama Tenko.
She appeared as the Queen in the BBC sitcom The Black Adder (1983), with Rowan Atkinson as her son in the title role, and as Mrs. Palmer in Solo (1981–82), another comedy, this time with Felicity Kendalin the lead as her daughter.
She remained active until the late 1990s, appearing in Agatha Christie's Poirot, the films 'The Girl in a Swing' (1988) and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' (1994), and as Hilary in the British television comedy 'Dinner ladies'.
... but we remember her for being Lady Collingford in the second series of Catweazle.
It is remarkable that Elspet too, left us in February. Kip and Robin and very nearly Geoffrey as well. Geoffrey was rushed into hospital in February 2016 and the doctor phoned me during the night and warned me that he was not likely to make it through till morning. Well he did! and surprised everyone in the process - Yorkshire grit and bloody mindedness!!- but oh we were so very grateful for it!!