TV chef Clarissa gets her dying wish

Clarrisa - died without any debts Picture: Justin Spittle
Clarrisa - died without any debts Picture: Justin Spittle
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Celebrity TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright achieved her last wish by dying free of debt after leaving an esate worth £33,000.

Probate records revealed that the celebrity chef who lived in Inveresk had savings of only £9,000 while facing a tax bill of £17,000 when she died aged 66 in March this year.

But Ms Dickson Wright, was anxious to leave her financial affairs in order and her will requested all her quirky mementoes be auctioned after her death.

Her lawyer David Morris confirmed that the sale of 400 lots including her antique kitchen gadgets, artwork and books had raised around £40,000, allowing her debts to be paid and leaving her solvent.

Ms Dickson Wright, one half of cookery-show duo the Two Fat Ladies, inherited £2.8million from her mother in 1975, but spent it all in 12 years of heavy drinking and was made bankrupt three times.

Mr Morris said: ‘She was very anxious that she wanted to be in the black when she died. We did quite well in the sale which meant she was solvent. It is what she wanted.”