Thora Hird

Thora Hird

For several years she was presenter of the BBC1 religious programme "Your Songs Of Praise Choice" (later retitled "Praise Be!") from the mid 1970s.

Grandmother of Daisy Torme.

Knighted (in her eighties) as a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for her contributions to the arts.

Mother of Janette Scott and thus ex-mother-in-law of Mel Tormé.

Received OBE in 1983 and DBE (making her Dame Thora Hird) in 1993.

She made guest appearances during the 1990s in such BBC programmes as "Thats Showbusiness" and "One Foot In The Past".

She was the subject of BBC1's "This Is Your Life" at Christmas 1996.