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Sue Townsend 'was loved by generations of readers'

The chief executive of Sue Townsend's publisher, Penguin Random House UK, paid tribute to Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend this morning.

Read: Novelist Sue Townsend dies aged 68

Sue Townsend leaves behind her husband and four children.
Sue Townsend leaves behind her husband and four children. Credit: Press Association.

Tom Weldon said Townsend's view of the world was "generous, life affirming and unique" and she would be remembered as one of the UK's great comic writers. He said:

"Sue Townsend will be remembered as one in a handful of this country's great comic writers. We were so proud to be her publishers.

"She was loved by generations of readers, not only because she made them laugh out loud, but because her view of the world, its inhabitants and their frailties was so generous, life affirming and unique".

More: Townsend 'dies after a short illness'

Tributes flood in for Sue Townsend


Just been informed by her family that my hero, @suetownsends has passed away. Utterly shocked and saddened. An amazing woman is gone.


Greatly upset to hear that Sue Townsend has died. One of the warmest, funniest and wisest people I ever met.


Such sad news about Sue Townsend. Just about to start reading 'The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year'. Will do so now with a heavier heart.


Shopping centre welcomes 100,000,000th customer

Leicester's Highcross Shopping Centre is expecting its 100 millionth shopper in the next few days.

Leicester's Highcross Shopping Centre
Leicester's Highcross Shopping Centre Credit: Highcross Shopping Centre

The shopping centre, which celebrated its fifth birthday in September, has analysed its footfall records which show almost 100 million people have come through the doors since it opened in 2008.

St Peter's Square
St Peter's Square Credit: Highcross Shopping Centre

GMB: 30,000 Next workers to miss out on this bonus

Next clothing at the High Cross branch in Leicester Credit: PA

Reacting to the news the chief executive of Leicester-based Next is to share his bonus of £4million with 20,000 staff, giving them the equivalent of a 1.5% pay rise as a one off payment next month, Mick Rix, the GMB union's national officer for retail staff, said:

"This pay rise, while welcome, will place Next staff 18p above the national minimum wage of £6.50. This is well below a living wage of £7.65 an hour outside London and £8.80 in London, while 30,000 of the 50,000 employees will get no share of the £4 million bonus."


Next boss shares £4m bonus with 20,000 workers

Next has its headquarters in Enderby in Leicester Credit: PA

The chief executive of Leicester-based retailer Next has announced he's sharing a £4million bonus with thousands of the firm's staff.

Lord Wolfson said in a letter to employees that an incentive scheme he was awarded in 2011 had grown and was "more valuable than I could possibly have hoped".

He said that instead of accepting the bonus he had decided to share it among staff who have worked for the company since 2011 - around 20,000 employees.

The money will be shared out in proportion to a worker's annual salary, and will equate to a 1.5% pay rise, as a one-off bonus next month.

Vaisakhi food drive aims to beat own 10 tonne record

Organisers of Sunday's Vaisakhi food drive in Leicester, say they want to beat last year's record 10 tonne donation collection. Food and other items donated will be distributed to those in need across the community.

This really is a fantastic way of celebrating Vaisakhi. The fundamental tenants of the Sikh faith are serving others, and treating everybody equally - and what better way to put this into practice than by having a multi-faith food drive? We would urge people of all backgrounds and communities to join us in celebrating, and really helping those in the greatest need”.

– Raj Mann, Chair of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance

Click here to see Sikhs explaining the importance of Vaisakhi.

Click here to see more Midlands' volunteers helping those in need.

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