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Tributes to Sir Donald Sinden

He was one of the most popular and well-loved actors of his generation. Sir Donald Sinden, who lived in Kent, has died at the age of 90. The Shakespearean actor had suffered from cancer for several years.

He was also well known for film, stage and TV roles. His son, Marc, said that although they knew the end was coming, Sir Donald's death was "a huge loss to his family" but that they appreciated the care given to him by the Pilgrims Hospice. David Johns looks back on the actor's life, speaking to neighbour Dave McKean and theatre manager Juliet Mander.

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Marc Sinden pays tribute to his father Sir Donald

Marc Sinden said plans were under way for a memorial service for his father Donald Credit: PA Wire

The son of actor Sir Donald Sinden has paid tribute to his father and said his family would miss "his humour and knowledge".

In a statement, actor and film director Marc Sinden said: "Even though his death was expected, it is still a huge loss to his family and we, his brother, his son, his four grandchildren and great-grandchild will all miss his humour and knowledge and we would all like to share our appreciation for the Pilgrims Hospice and the carers that looked after him and us with such dignity, consideration and care until the end."

He added that plans for a memorial service were under way.

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Tributes for the actor Sir Donald Sinden after his death at the age of 90

Actor Sir Donald Sinden received his Knighthood from the Queen in 1997 C Credit: PA

The theatre and film actor Sir Donald Sinden has died at his home aged 90, his son has said.

Sir Donald made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor and also had more than 70 credits for film and TV productions since the late 1940s to now.

He had been battling prostate cancer over several years and his death, just weeks before his 91st birthday, at his home in Romney Marsh, Kent, has been described as a "huge loss" by his family.

Sir Donald trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and made his film debut in 1953 with The Cruel Sea, later going on to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in leading roles such as King Lear and Malvolio in Twelfth Night.

Sir Donald was awarded a CBE in 1979 and was granted a knighthood in 1997 for his services to drama.

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PICTURES: Car stuck in ditch for 13 hours

A man was trapped inside car from 2am until 4pm on Tuesday, August 13 Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

A man was trapped in his car for 13 hours after he drove into a ditch in Romney Marsh.

The 44-year-old driver was discovered trapped in the vehicle, in an air pocket towards the rear of the car.

Firefighters and emergency services work to pull car out of ditch Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

The driver was returning from work at around 2am on Tuesday morning, August 13 and was discovered by a lorry driver at 4pm the same day.

Station Manager Rob Sherwood said:

"This was a very unusual rescue and they all did a good job in difficult circumstances. I would like to praise the lorry driver for spotting the car and calling 999, if he hadn’t stopped for a look then the man would have been in there even longer and it might have been a different outcome."

Car stuck upside down in ditch for 13 hours

A man who was trapped in his car for several hours has been rescued by the emergency services in Kent.

The 44-year-old driver was returning from work in Ashford to Romney Marsh at 2am on Tuesday morning when the accident happened.

However, the man's car was not discovered until shortly before 4pm the same day- almost 14 hours later.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called after a lorry driver spotted the back wheels of a car upside down in a ditch on the A2070.

Firefighters discovered a man still trapped in the vehicle in an air pocket towards the rear of the car.

Romney Marsh Watch Manager, Alan Brown, said: "The car was almost submerged in four feet of water."

This was a very unusual rescue and they all did a good job in difficult circumstances. I would like to praise the lorry driver for spotting the car and calling 999, if he hadn’t stopped for a look then the man would have been in there even longer and it might have been a different outcome. Our firefighters managed to get into the car and provided an initial medical response until the ambulance teams quickly took over. All the emergency services at the scene worked as a team to achieve this rescue."

– Rob Sherwood, Station Manager
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