June Whitfield’s Marks & Spencer knickers and other revelations

June Whitfield with Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey in a scene from Carry on Abroad
June Whitfield with Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey in a scene from the 1972 film Carry on Abroad. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

So June Whitfield has passed away at 93 (Obituary, 31 December). Many years ago, when she was at the height of her fame, I was astonished to bump into such a well-known star browsing in the aisles of a large store in the middle of Cardiff. I cannot remember how we started to chat among the pink and blue dressing gowns, but she was very friendly and agreed that though our jobs and lifestyles were very different we had one thing in common – we both bought our knickers in Marks & Spencer!
Barbara MacArthur (92)

• Should any of your readers wish to visit Washington, Philadelphia, Toronto and Quebec in a single day (Letters, 31 December), they should come to County Durham. If they seek somewhere more low-key, a visit to No Place might be just the ticket, and, if in need of solace, a visit to Pity Me might put them back on their feet.
John Rippon
Witton Gilbert, County Durham

• Revealed: 20 Guardian front-page headlines in 2018 started with “Revealed” (18 January, 8 February, 12, 31 March, 3 April, 4, 29 May, 29 June, 1, 29 September, 6, 9, 13, 24 October, 21, 26 November, 4, 8, 24, 26 December).
Toby Wood
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

• Is the naked coat-trailing that is upsetting Diane Abbott (France and UK vow drive to halt people smuggling, 31 December) one of those bizarre New Year’s Day folk sports?
Rev Philip Welsh

• I look forward to the end of the holiday period when, hopefully, we get back to two pages of letters and a nice picture.
Mike Lowcock
Wistaston, Cheshire

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