Friday, 21 September 2018

X Factor star’s ‘perfect’ tribute to tragic mother

THE partner of a Henley woman who died from bleeding on the brain earlier this year has thanked singer Rebecca Ferguson for a “perfect” tribute.

Gary Boys wrote to the former X Factor star asking her to dedicate a song to Claire Peacock, who died in March, during her headline set at the Henley Festival last Sunday.

Ms Peacock, 37, a social worker, of Grange Road, Henley, collapsed suddenly in a shopping centre car park in Aylesbury and later died in hospital. She had suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2006 and required yearly check-ups.

Mr Boys, who had been with Ms Peacock for three years and planned to take her to watch Ferguson at the festival, said he decided to write the letter because of the similarities in the two women’s lives.

The 46-year-old, who lives in River Terrace, Henley, said: “We followed Rebecca on The X Factor and she and Claire had lots of common themes in their lives. They were both very talented, had lost their confidence, had two kids they brought up as a single mum before going on to re-educate themselves and find a new career.

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