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The Oldie of the Year – Lionel Blair!

Blog | Jan 29, 2019


Our premier prize, our Lionel d’Or Oldie of the Year Award, goes to the great Lionel Blair, 90.

As Gyles Brandreth writes in his appreciation of Lionel, ‘According to Richard Ingrams, founder of this magazine, to win an Oldie of the Year award, you can’t simply be an elderly achiever: you also need to show that you still have “snap in your celery”.


‘Well, as chairman of the judges, I am happy to report that this year’s overall winner turned ninety last December and is positively bursting with snap, crackle, pop, élan, joie de vivre, panache, dash, bubble, bounce, and va-va-voom.’