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Lynda Bellingham to be honoured at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

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Image caption Lynda Bellingham grew up in Aston Abbots near Aylesbury

Part of a theatre in the town where late actress Lynda Bellingham grew up is to be renamed in her honour.

The promenade at Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre, which leads to the venue's Second Space will be named after the star, who died in October aged 66.

Bellingham helped launch the theatre's first season in 2010 and appeared on stage in Calendar Girls.

Aylesbury Vale District Council called it a "lasting and poignant tribute" to the star.

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Image caption The walkway leading to the Second Space will be named the Lynda Bellingham Promenade

The actress, broadcaster and author was born in Montreal in May 1948 but grew up in Aston Abbotts near Aylesbury.

'Fitting tribute'

Councillor Howard Mordue, who submitted the motion to name the promenade after her, said it was an opportunity to honour the star "on behalf of the people of Aylesbury Vale".

"Her rich and varied career is an excellent example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication," he said.

"It seemed apt to name part of the theatre in her memory and we hope future actors and theatre groups will be inspired by her wonderful legacy."

Theatre chief executive Elizabeth Adlington said the actress's support of the venue made it a "fitting tribute".

"I hope audiences will reflect fondly on the contribution Lynda made to theatre and entertainment when they visit," she said.

"We feel very privileged to have welcomed Lynda to the theatre on several occasions."

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Image caption Lynda Bellingham was honoured with an OBE for her charity work in 2014
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Image caption Bellingham's most famous role was as the much-loved mum in the Oxo adverts from 1983

After studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Ms Bellingham enjoyed a steady succession of roles in theatre, film and television and was probably best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts.

She also appeared in All Creatures Great and Small and, in recent years, was on the panel of ITV's Loose Women.

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