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Editor pays tribute to long-time regional daily columnist

Ipswich PegA long-time regional daily columnist well-known for her writing on its patch’s rural history and traditions has died aged 80.

Tributes have been paid to Peggy Cole, who wrote for sister dailies the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star for more than 30 years.

Peggy’s columns were famous for her country lore and “authentic Suffolkness”, coupled with an appreciation of the modern world.

During her life, Peggy also starred in the 1974 film Akenfield, which told a story of East Anglian village life. She received the MBE for services to the community from the Queen in 1993.

Speaking at her funeral on Monday, Terry Hunt, who edits the two papers, said she summed up the EADT’s ‘Suffolk and Proud’ motto.

He added: “There is a rather sad gap in the newspaper which I, as editor, can never hope to fill – the place Peggy’s column occupied with such distinction for 30 years or more.

“Every column was bursting with wise words and advice. Many recalled Suffolk in days gone by.

“She exemplified the very best of Suffolk. No fuss, no drama, no bother.

“She would say she was nothing but an ordinary country girl. She was, of course, anything but. Peggy wasn’t ordinary – she was extraordinary.”

Peggy died last month after a battle with cancer. She is survived by her children and grandchildren.

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  • February 18, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Sad to hear this
    I always enjoyed her books and the old world wisdom and country tales of a life lived at a slower,more gentle pace

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