Inveresk pays tributes to ‘larger than life’ Clarissa

Clarissa Dickson Wright

Clarissa Dickson Wright

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Residents in Inveresk have been paying tribute to Clarissa Dickson Wright, their “larger than life” neighbour who died at the weekend.

Her arrival in the village, two decades ago, left an indelible mark on those who will remember her sense of fun as much as her outspoken views.

A TV chef for a number of years, Ms Dickson Wright shot to fame in the mid-1990s as one of the Two Fat Ladies, working alongside the late Jennifer Paterson. She was admitted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary earlier this year and died there on Saturday, at the age of 66.

Leading the tributes on behalf of friends and neighbours, author Mary Contini, a director of Valvona and Crolla, said Clarissa had “no airs and graces” and, despite her strongly-held views, would never hold a grudge. “She was such a character, just a force for joy and fun,” she said. “I think we are all a wee bit shocked and very, very sad that we have lost her too soon.”

Describing her as a “champion of local farmers”, Mary went on: “Clarissa was way ahead of her time in terms of buying local and buying seasonal because that was just how she cooked.

“Latterly she was away quite a lot, but she loved coming home, particularly at Christmas. As well as the peace and tranquillity, she loved the privacy and respect that people here gave her.”

Full story in this week’s Musselburgh News and East Lothian News, on sale now.

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