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Former daily women’s editor turned social worker dies aged 75

Sarah Foot

A former women’s editor at a regional daily who was the neice of former Labour party leader Michael Foot has died at the age of 75.

Sarah Foot, whose brother was campaigning journalist Paul Foot, spent time working for the Western Morning News, after starting out in journalism at the Evening Standard in London.

She was part of the well-known Foot family and became a social worker later in her career, while also writing 10 books about the West Country.

Sarah, pictured, latterly developed Alzheimer’s and she died at the end of February.

The Plymouth Herald reports that she was the daughter of diplomat Lord Caradon and spent much of her early life travelling, living in Jamaica and Cyprus and attending boarding school in the UK.

After school, Sarah became a journalist at the Evening Standard covering gossip, politics and interviewing stars including George Best and Cliff Richard.

She married her father’s aide-de-camp, Timothy Winter Burbury, who was an officer in the Blues and Royals, and they had two children Camilla and Charles.

After her husband retired early from the Army, the family moved to St Mellion when Sarah became women’s editor at the Western Morning News.

Sarah published her first book in 1979 and she wrote nine further titles, including her memoir My Grandfather, Isaac Foot.

In 1988, she began a degree in social work and took a job in neurology at Derriford Hospital then worked at St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth.

Tim Burbury died in 2013 and Sarah is survived by her two children and four great-grandchildren.