Bury Born singer-songwriter Peter Skellern died yesterday aged 69 following a battle with brain cancer.
Skellern's biggest success was with the 1972 balled 'You're a Lady' which was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. In a music career that saw him release 14 albums, he also penned the lyrics for 'One More Kiss, Dear' which featured in the 1982 classic Blade Runner. He also diversified into TV presenting with the BBC2 chat show Private Lives as well as BBC1's Songs of Praise, which reflected his growing interest in religion, an interest that would later see him enter the church as a priest. He also acted, playing Carter Brandon in the radio adaptation of Peter Tinniswood's Uncle Mort stories. In October of last year, after his tumour was diagnosed as inoperable, the religious Skellern was finally ordained by the Bishop of Truro, becoming the Reverend Peter Skellern in his adopted county of Cornwall.