5 December: Romanian jazz singer Anca Parghel, aged 51
8 December, Oliver Postgate Oliver Postgate, aged 83. Postgate was responsible for many of the programmes that delighted children, including Ivor the Engine, the Clangers and of course Bagpuss
11 December: Bettie Page aged 85. Need I say more?
25 December: Eartha Kitt, aged 81
But perhaps the saddest loss of the year is Kathy Staff (nee Minnie Higginbottom) aged 80. For 36 years Kathy played the role of sex kitten Nora Batty in the long running comedy Last of the Summer Wine . Nora Batty? Phwooar! I don't care what others think, I am proud to call myself a Batty Boy!