Gyles Brandreth, our Master of Ceremonies, recalled being with our premier Oldie of the Year Winner, Lionel Blair, on the day Fred Astaire died. ‘He was inconsolable - in floods of tears,’ said Gyles.
On receiving his Lionel d’Or Oldie of the Year Award, Lionel, 90, was again in floods, as he recalled his career – going all the way back to entertaining people sheltering on the Tube during the War. ‘My first tour with my sister was on the Piccadilly Line,’ he remembered, welling up.
He brought the audience to their feet when he burst into tears again, saying, ‘This is the best day of my life!’