Two deaths


Announced today, two more who have left us. One male, aged 87, a public figure, a shaper of the world we know. One 86, female, known to more people than she have ever wished but to far fewer that she deserved. One is Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard, rock’n’roll pioneer, flambuoyant, colourful, influential in more than just music. The other is Rennie Williams. You probably don’t know her name, just as I didn’t until a few minutes ago, for which I am ashamed. Rennie Williams was a schoolteacher in Aberfan in 1966. She was in the school the day of the disaster, she got the surviving children out. I mean no disrespect to Little Richard when I point out the discrepancy between the responses their passing will bring. Bow your heads to her, for she leaves the greater gap in the world.