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​Al Abrams: Motown's first press officer

Al Abrams, who has died of cancer, was the founding press officer and publicist for Motown Records. Born in Detroit, home of the label, he was the first person to be hired by founder Berry Gordy Jnr, before the company officially existed. He promoted records to Detroit disc jockeys and went on to direct media relations at the label, handling stars like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Miracles and the Supremes. 

Brian Friel: The most acclaimed Irish playwright of his generation

The work of Brian Friel unquestionably places him in the great tradition of Irish theatre, with a dramatic landscape as distinctive as those of his 20th century predecessors O’Casey and Beckett. Many of his plays travelled widely beyond Ireland, and some – the haunting monologue -structured Faith Healer, Translations and his worldwide success, Dancing at Lughnasa – will surely survive as classics.

Air Marshal Peter Walker: Obituary

When Walker succeeded Vice-Admiral Sir Fabian Malbon as Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, he was the first in that post to have been chosen with the participation of the island authorities as well as of the UK government