The UK’s 66 over 66 – Gold Age Power List by WRVS

June 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Putting HRH the Queen, Sir Alex Ferguson and Mick Jagger in the same sentence seems a little bizarre. However, today they have all being listed on the Gold Age Power List which recognises the contributions to society from people aged 66 and over.

The Gold Age Power list or ‘The UK’s 66 over 66’  includes some pretty impressive names and highlight the fact that elderly people here in the UK really are making a difference within all areas of society from arts and literature, business, public services, sports and local community help.

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The judging panels, which  included Good Housekeeping editor Lindsay Nicholson and Gransnet editor Geraldine Bedell, had a tough job choosing the 66 featured (they went for 66 people over the age of 66 as it fitted nicely with the 1945 baby boom).

Of course, the panel did a fantastic job and have managed to include a hugely diverse list of people who have made outstanding contributions and proved that age doesn’t have to come with the stigma of becoming a burden to society.

Joining the Queen on 2011’s list includes Delia Smith, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, David Attenborough, funny man Billy Connolly, my favourite actress Dame Judi Dench, Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis, Sir Paul McCartney and scientist Robert Winston along with a host of others.


Joining those familiar names is a selection of local volunteers who work tirelessly within their community to make where they work and live much better places. The inclusion of hardworking, ordinary people has really drawn my attention to the list. As it’s wonderful to be able to congratulation volunteers, who save Britain millions of pounds every year, alongside the Queen and other highly thought after figures.

What a great way to show that age doesn’t, and shouldn’t stop anyone from achieving great things!

Visit Britain- You’re Invited

June 27, 2011 at 10:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Visit BritainA campaign to entice more visitors to come and enjoy Britain is underway with a marvellous marketing campaign from tourist organisation ‘Visit Britain’.

The campaign which showcases the very best of British has been endorsed by several celebrities including actors Dev Patel and Rupert Everett, supermodel Twiggy, my favourite chef Jamie Oliver and the great British actress Dame Judi Dench.

Each famous face is seen describing their personal highlights of Britain in five short films. My favourite is Dame Judi Dench’s who appears at the magnificent Hever Castle in Kent. Judi describes her admiration for tradition and love of English literature including the likes of Shakespeare.

Together I think that the videos really do display the diversity of Britain, from beautiful country sides to bustling cities. Hopefully the campaign will capture the mind of travellers, who are looking to explore Britain. After all there will be plenty to see in the next couple of year as London hosts the 2012 Olympic Games and the county celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

To see the official Visit Britain trailer, click here.

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