Loyal to beliefs and friends

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 April, 1997, 12:00am

The sad news of the death of Liu Yiu-chu reminded me of her act of charity towards my old friend John Ayres, a story no one else knows about and which couldn't be told while either was alive.

He was very frail and unwell, and had nowhere to live. When she heard about it and that he was with the liberating forces in 1945, she offered him the use of her house in Big Wave Bay, rent-free, and that was his home at the time of his death in September 1992.

Maverick? Not really. She was simply a person who remained loyal to her beliefs and her friends.

TOM BOYDE Emeritus Professor University of Hong Kong