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2008-09-18 00:00:24

By Adam Blakeman Tributes have been paid to a woman described as a local pioneer of the amateur dramatics scene. Shirley Steels, president of Porthill Players, died at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire on Friday after battling against ill health. The 73-year-old, who had been involved in theatre for more almost 60 years, will probably be best remembered as the woman who converted a group of pantomime actors into one of the most successful amateur dramatic groups in North...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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