THE only surviving member of Thomas Hardy's Dorchester theatre group Norrie Woodhall has sadly died at the age of 105.

The famous Dorchester centenarian, of Owermoigne, is famous for her hardy connections.

Norrie, who is last surviving member of the original Hardy Players, played Tess’s sister Liza Lu in the stage version of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, which was performed in Dorchester in 1928.

See tomorrow's Dorset Echo for the full tribute story.