The Oldie of The Year Awards 2011
The Oldie of the Year Awards 2011 were held at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, London, on Thursday 11th February. Sir Terry Wogan, chair of the judges, presented the awards to Barry Humphries, who won Oldie of the Year, and read out a letter from Prince Philip, who won Consort of the Year but was unable to attend the awards.
The other award winners included Jon Snow, Poppy Denier of the Year, for his courageous one-man stand against ‘poppy fascism’, Julia Somerville, Autocutie of the Year, for her defiance of ageism at the BBC, Jean Marsh, The Swan Hellenic Award for Old Maid of the Year, for being the star and creator of Upstairs Downstairs, June Spencer, Matri-Archer of the Year for her role as Peggy Woolley in The Archers, and Annabel Hayter, Campaigner of the Year, for her campaign against the outrageous use of CRB checks on flower arrangers at Gloucester Cathedral. Ann Widdecombe also accepted her Hoofer of the Year award in absentia and her acceptance speech is available to watch on The Oldie website, www.theoldie.co.uk
This year’s judges included Dame Joan Bakewell, Valerie Grove, Jane Thynne (author), and Emma Soames (editor of Saga magazine), as well as The Oldie’s editor Richard Ingrams.
The Oldie of the Year Awards are held annually to recognise the achievements of outstanding oldies. Previous winners include Joanna Lumley (2010), Sir David Attenborough (2005) and Richard Wilson (1995). The awards are organised by The Oldie magazine, which was founded by Richard Ingrams in 1992.