Death of Portsmouth-born poet

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A PORTSMOUTH schoolboy who went on to become one of Britain’s leading poets has died aged 85.

Christopher Logue won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry in 2005 and was made a CBE in 2007. He was born in Portsmouth, the only child of John and Molly Logue before going to St John’s College, Southsea, and Portsmouth Grammar School.

Known as a rebel, Logue used a toy pistol to rob a little girl of her ice-cream aged eight, and got six months’ probation for stealing copies of Men Only and The Naturist. He appeared in two Ken Russell films and worked for many years for Private Eye.

· Christopher Logue: born November 23, 1926, died December 2, 2011.