/ 24 May 2021

Farewell to two Aussie icons

Bob Fulton, rugby league icon and broadcaster, died yesterday at 74yo of cancer. One of the first 4 players to be granted ‘Immortal’ status in 1981, Fulton was a life-long Manly man. He also played for Australia in 35 Tests and led our national team to 2 World Cup victories in the 90s as coach. ARL chairman Peter V’landys said “The word legend is used a lot in tributes, but Bob was a genuine legend of rugby league.”

And singer/actress Lorrae Desmond has died at 91yo after a short illness. She stole hearts as Shirley Gilmore in A Country Practice, but that wasn’t her only Aussie TV success… Desmond was the first woman to win the Gold Logie for The Lorrae Desmond Show in the 60s. Before that, she competed to be Britain’s pick to represent them in 1957’s Eurovision. The good and great of Aussie TV yesterday said she was a much-loved industry figure.

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