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GBBO's Diana Beard left after 'losing sense of smell'

Controversial former Great British Bake Off contestant Diana Beard has revealed she left the show after losing her sense of smell.

Mrs Beard said she had hit her head in a freak fall after fainting, which had severed her olfactory nerve meaning she could no longer detect scents.

She said she had lost some of her sense of taste as well.

Diana Beard said a freak fall had severed her olfactory nerve
Diana Beard said a freak fall had severed her olfactory nerve Credit: BBC

The 69-year-old from Shropshire sparked a storm of criticism accusing her of "sabotaging" fellow contestant Ian Watters' Baked Alaska dish in episode four, after appearing to remove his ice cream creation from the freezer so it would melt.

She said the announcement that she would not be returning for episode five had been brought forward by the BBC, following the outcry against her apparent actions - which she said boiled down to no more than editing.

At least people will know I haven't wimped out. It's a relief, as people now know the truth.

– Diana Beard, former Great British Bake Off contestant

Bake Off contestant quits following Alaska drama

Diana Beard has quit the Great British Bake Off following last night's dramatic ''Baked Alaska-gate" episode.

But the BBC insist her departure from the show is due to illness and not linked to what happened in episode four.

Viewers accused the 69-year-old of "sabotaging" Iain Watters' Baked Alaska by taking his ice cream out of the freezer.

Diana Beard has now left the show due to ill-health. Credit: BBC

Watters was seen throwing the remains of his bake in the bin before storming off set.

Beard fell ill just before the making of the following episode and had to withdraw on medical grounds.

“Diana will not appear in the rest of the series as she fell ill ahead of filming episode 5 earlier this year,” a BBC spokesman said.

More than 500 people have complained to the broadcaster over the incident.


Book of condolences opened for Richard Attenborough at Leicester University

A book of condolences for Richard Attenborough has been opened at the University of Leicester.

The actor, film director and producer was raised on the university's campus, where his father - Frederick Attenborough - was the Principal of the University College – the forerunner to the University.

Mr Attenborough - who died on Sunday at the age of 90 - helped found the inclusive arts centre at the University of Leicester to which he gave his name.


Tributes to 'absolute gentleman' Richard Attenborough

British actors paid tribute to late actor and director Richard Attenborough at the Emmy Awards last night.

Chiwetel Ejiofor said his death was "tragic", adding that he was a "great champion of so many causes".

Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt described Attenborough as an "absolute gentleman", while Minnie Driver said the director was one of "our British treasures" and "will be missed greatly".


Chelsea FC: Attenborough 'was a force for good'

Lord Attenborough with Jose Mourinho.
Lord Attenborough with Jose Mourinho. Credit: Chelsea FC.

Lord Richard Attenborough "was a force for good" who stuck with Chelsea Football Club through dark times, a statement from the club said.

He led a long and successful life and always found time for the things in life he loved most, one of which was Chelsea FC.

Renowned throughout the world for his work in cinema which honoured him with awards for acting, directing and producing, football - and Chelsea in particular - was never far from his thoughts.

His personality was woven into the tapestry of the club over seven decades. He was a consistent force for good at the club, even in dark times.

He will be greatly missed, and the thoughts of everyone at Chelsea FC are with his family and friends at this sad time.

– Chelsea Football Club


Your tributes: Leicester's Lord Attenborough dies


As a Cub Scout, my favourite memory was meeting Richard Attenborough after he received the freedom of Leicester. I was guard of honour.


I met Richard Attenborough as a cub reporter in Leicester, where he grew up. He made me feel like the most important person in the room...


He grabbed me by the face and pulled me to his ear to hear my questions, 'cos he remembered their first review. A legend and a proper gent.


#Attenborough was a strong supporter of higher education and worked closed with Leicester and Sussex universities. A good man.


So sad to hear of the death of Richard Attenborough, he'll forever be remembered in Leicester as a son of the City RIP.


Wouldn't it be fitting for a statue of Lord Attenborough be erected in Leicester square? #RIPRichardAttenborough

Attenborough 'much loved - especially across Leicester'


Deeply saddened at news Richard Attenborough has passed away. A man of great principle, talent and much loved - especially across Leicester

The MP for Leicester South MP, Jon Ashworth has tweeted that he is "deeply saddened" by the death of Richard Attenborough.

A man of great principle, talent and much loved - especially across Leicester.

– Jon Ashworth MP on Richard Attenborough

Lord Attenborough had 'wonderful gift of empathy'

Lord Attenborough was a former president of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, having become involved in the charity after meeting young boys who were living with the condition.

Chief executive Robert Meadowcroft said he had been "the most extraordinary president a charity could ever wish to have".

He had the wonderful gift of empathy and offered unwavering support for the numerous families he met in the fight against muscle-wasting conditions.

He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by the many people whose lives he touched, for a long time to come.

– Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

Kingsley on Attenborough: 'I will miss him dearly'

Richard Attenborough, the director of Gandhi, Ben Kingsley and John Mills ahead of the premiere for Gandhi in 1982.
Richard Attenborough, the director of Gandhi, Ben Kingsley and John Mills ahead of the premiere for Gandhi in 1982. Credit: PA

Sir Ben Kingsley, star of Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning epic Gandhi, has revealed his sadness at the death of the filmmaker.

"He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him," said Sir Ben.

"I along with millions of others whom he touched through his life and work will miss him dearly."

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