The Oldie of the Year Awards 2020 name Petula Clark as Oldie of The Year
The nation’s favourite annual awards – The Oldie of the Year (or ‘TOOTY’ for short) – have gone ahead despite current restrictions, injecting a note of much-needed levity to a gloomy year by honouring the best of the older generation.
The principal Oldie of the Year award goes to Petula Clark, whose eight-decade career in showbusiness skyrocketed during the Blitz and hasn’t slowed down since. She accepted her award via videolink from Gyles Brandreth, who metaphorically rolled out the red carpet from the National Carpet Museum in Kidderminster.
Deprived of the usual raucous lunch ceremony at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, this year’s winners are no less esteemed and venerable. They were chosen by a committee of judges comprising Gyles Brandreth, Dame Maureen Lipman, Sir Tim Rice, Quentin Letts, Rachel Johnson, Craig Brown, Roger Lewis, James Pembroke and Harry Mount.
The eight winners will celebrate at home with their feet up, having been revealed in the December issue of The Oldie magazine.
The other winners were William Roache (Oldie Non-Resting Actor of the Year), Dame Joan Plowright (Oldie Great Dame of the Year), Edna O’Brien (Brainy Oldie of the Year), Lady Glenconner (Oldie Memoirist of the Year), Colin Thackery (Oldie Crooner of the Year) and Roger Law (Oldie Puppeteer of the Year).