Preview: Lois Smith, O Lucky Woman

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Lois Smith, who died aged 96 on 31 March, is to be remembered by the people of Hebden Bridge – where she lived her final 30 years – at a double event on Sunday 19 June.

A celebration entitled O Lucky Woman will take place at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, starting at 4pm. It will be preceded at 2pm by the opening of an exhibition at Artsmill, Hebden Bridge, featuring paintings and drawings by Jean-Georges Simon and work by Smith herself.

She was known as an inveterate civic campaigner, optimistic in the face of all challenges, but the title refers to her friendship with Lindsay Anderson, whose films including This Sporting Life and O Lucky Man she assiduously promoted. Only last summer she gave a public talk in Hebden on Anderson’s early work.

In parallel she championed Simon, a Hungarian-born artist she met in Wakefield in the 1940s and who lived in Harrogate. Smith’s own work has been previously exhibited in Huddersfield.

A programme of music, poetry and anecdotes will lead to general reminiscing, then dancing.

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