Letter: Patrick Eavis obituary

Peter Hetherington’s obituary of Patrick Eavis began by saying he was “committed to lifelong learning opportunities for all”. This was true from the very beginning.

Patrick and I were contemporaries at the Blue school, Wells, in Somerset. He went on to the London School of Economics and I joined the civil service. We met again after I had completed national service. Patrick said: “You should go to university.” “Isn’t it too late at 22?” He replied: “Of course not, the universities want mature students.”

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Letter: Genesis P-Orridge obituary

In the spring of 1973 I was a student organiser of the Mayfly festival planned for 1 May in Oxford. I invited Genesis P-Orridge (obituary, 16 March) to take part and a baby competition was proposed. I persuaded the Oxford Mail to promote the contest but only two mothers and their babies appeared. Graciously, Genesis awarded equal first prizes. It was the perfect antidote to all that maypole dancing.

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