The veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost, who said he could not have achieved what he did had it not been for his schooling in Wellingborough, has died at the age of 74.
Sir David, star of That Was the Week That Was and Breakfast with Frost, died on Saturday, August 31, after suffering a heart attack.
His interviews of former US president Richard Nixon were adapted into Oscar-nominated film Frost/Nixon.
Born in Kent, Sir David attended Wellingborough Grammar School after moving to Raunds, where his father – a Methodist minister – worked.
He went on to study English at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
He maintained links with the north of the county, last year becoming patron of the campaign to save the 800-year-old St Peter’s Church in Raunds.
Sir David became one of the world’s most revered interviewers, but always remembered his time in Northamptonshire with affection.
In 2008 he wrote the foreword of a book detailing the history of Wellingborough Grammar School.
The book’s co-author, David Tall, remembered the broadcaster, telling the Telegraph: “He was always clearly a star with his acting, mimicking masters and playing for the school cricket team.”
Sir David’s foreword included memories of his time at the school – which included getting bogus letters printed in the Evening Telegraph.
And he said he would always be grateful for what the school gave him, without which, he added, he could not have achieved “whatever he did achieve”.