On Wednesday 31st March 2021, we lost a dear friend, Debra Bowring. I first met her at Wham! Radio in Blaenavon back in April 2004, and worked along side her during the month long trial station in May. I often heard stories of her past, where she would tall me of the television series and films she worked on.
She had worked in the entertainment industry for 58 years, starting in the cutting rooms as a film and sound editor at Movietonews in the 1950s. She worked on what was to become a cult classic of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
She also worked on The Killing Fields and A Room With a View. She got to work along side David Niven, Donald Sutherland, John Hurt and Lawrence Olivier, as well as film directors Roman Polanski and Stanley Kubrick. She also worked on some great television series, including The Sweeney, Special Branch and Monkey.
After the trial radio broadcast, I continued to work along side her at Nevill Hall Sound in Abergavenny. She taught me so much that I have continued to use in my current life. I really want to thank her, as I owe her a lot.
She was one in a million and a true friend. After my Mum passed away she would phone to find out how I was doing, talking to her really helped me keep it together.
I did loose touch in her final years, knowing her health was going down hill made me feel a bit guilty for doing so. She was a fighter, and always kept going no matter what life threw at her.
I guess those that knew her can reflect on that, and what a unique and wonderful person Debra was. We will all miss her, but with all our fond memories of her, she will continue to live on in our hearts and minds.
Rest in peace Debra, god bless.
Written by Philip England, 4th April 2021
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