Lofty Dies



The actor and singer Don Estelle has died after a long illness.

The diminutive actor starred as Lofty in the 70s BBC sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum.

The programme ran for eight successful years and brought the release, by EMI, of a cast album of the show. The ensuing single "Whispering Grass", featuring Don Estelle and Windsor Davies soared to No. 1 in the charts.

Mr Estelle died, aged 70, in Rochdale Infirmary.
His wife Elizabeth said: "He had a lovely singing voice, He regretted it was not more well known. He loved singing more than anything but he loved comedy as well,

"He lived absolutely for his showbiz career. He loved his music more than anything."