Last of the Summer Wine's Susan Mallinson has died

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of August 22, 2016

A viewer recently reported the sad news that another Last of the Summer Wine cast member has passed away.

Susan Mallinson may only have had a smallish role in the series, that of the Railway pub’s barmaid, but like all of the Summer Wine characters, for many of us she was part of our Holmfirth "family".

Mallinson, who was 73 when she died from secondary breast cancer with complications, was born in the town of Chesterfield, which is in Derbyshire, Yorkshire’s neighboring county. In the early 1960s, Mallinson studied at London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she also got her Teaching Diploma in Speech and Drama. On leaving the school, Mallinson moved to Barcelona to continue her vocal training. She remained in Spain for four years putting her Mezzo-Soprano skills to good use giving opera recitals throughout the country. On her return to England, she made a record album under the EMI label.

In 1980, Mallinson opened her own School of Speech and Drama in Holmfirth, where she lived for over 30 years, before returning to Chesterfield. One of her most publicized teaching courses came about in 1993, when she was hired to teach the court clerks in Huddersfield and Dewsbury how to “put themselves across with clarity and authority”. Her elocution and public speaking instruction was much sought after by all manner of people, including soccer players, newscasters, presenters and the clergy. She also worked a lot with children, working with them privately, or at a variety of schools in the area.

As well as Last of the Summer Wine, Mallinson, who was fluent in Spanish, also acted in two Spanish films: a thriller in 2002 called El Segundo Nombre and a musical comedy in 2006 called Los Managers. She also worked as a guest speaker on cruise ships and despite her failing health continued to give talks to local interest groups in the north of England.

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