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Oxo: Bellingham 'attracted audiences of every age'

Bellingham played the 'Oxo mum' from 1983 to 1999. Credit: Oxo/PA Wire

The owner of Oxo has praised Lynda Bellingham - the former star of the brand's popular adverts - following her death aged 66.

In a statement, Premier Foods said Bellingham had been loved by audiences of all ages for her rule as mother in the long-running ad series, which ended in 1999.

As the face of Oxo for many years she had an unwavering ability to attract audiences of every age – that’s why the advertisements ran for so long – and are remembered to this day.

– Premier Foods

The company expressed its sympathy and condolences to Bellingham's family and said: "We salute her courage in her final days."


Joss Stone and Jeff Beck record poppy appeal song

Joss Stone and Jeff Beck have recorded the official poppy appeal single for this year. Credit: Royal British Legion

Soul singer Joss Stone and guitar veteran Jeff Beck have teamed up to record the official poppy appeal single for this year.

The track, which will be released on November 3, is a revamped version of the song No Man's Land (Green Fields Of France), which was originally written by Scottish folk musician Eric Bogle in 1976.

A video for the single, which includes a gospel choir, has been filmed outside the Tower of London with an installation of hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies created to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict, as the backdrop.

"The poppy is more than just a sign of remembrance, it is a symbol of inspiration and hope. We are thrilled that it has inspired two of our country's greatest musical talents to produce such a wonderful tribute to the memory of the fallen and help us raise funds for the future of the living."

– Director of fundraising Royal British Legion, Charles Byrne


Cheryl's husband receives 'substantial' privacy payout

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and her husband were not at the court hearing. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The husband of X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has accepted substantial undisclosed privacy damages over a "very upsetting" magazine article about his family life.

Businessman Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who married the 31-year-old singer in July, brought proceedings for invasion of privacy against National Magazine Company Ltd, publisher of Reveal magazine.

The article detailed his childhood, his life in France where he was brought up and made public information about his father and late mother.

Mr Fernandez-Versini's solicitor, Callum Galbraith, told Judge Richard Parkes that the "deeply intrusive" article was very upsetting for his client.

The publisher accepted that it invaded his privacy, apologised and agreed to pay substantial damages and his legal costs.

'Nightmare scenario' avoided as Nigeria is declared Ebola-free

Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after a 42-day period with no new cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

The announcement eases fears that the disease could have spread to one of Africa's most densely-populated areas.

Commuters and traders crowd at a market in Nigeria's largest city Lagos Credit: REUTERS/George Esiri

WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan said on Sunday that the appearance of the virus in Lagos would have been "the worst nightmare scenario anyone could imagine".

She said the nation's innovative polio campaign, which uses satellite technologies to track population, had been re-purposed to aid the fight against Ebola.

Last week, the WHO announced that Senegal was Ebola-free, but the pace of the outbreak continues to quicken in the three worst-hit countries.

Oxo dad: Lynda was 'like the lady next door'

Redfern and Bellingham became household faces as stars in the Oxo adverts. Credit: PA

The man who played Lynda Bellingham's husband in the famous Oxo ads has paid tribute to his former on-screen wife after her death, saying: "Lynda never left the room quietly."

Michael Redfern, the "Oxo dad", told BBC News that Bellingham was liked by everyone on set.

She remembered the names of the crew by name - something I couldn't do. She was a people person.

– Michael Refern, former 'Oxo dad'

Asked why the public had taken her to their hearts, he said: "She was just normal - she was like the lady next door, or the wife or your mother."

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