With Simpson’s-in-the-Strand’s days reportedly numbered now that its owner is seeking a new tenant for the venue after 187 years of business, the best oldies gathered at the restaurant for what could be its last hoorah as they celebrated Oldie of the Year.
Hosted by the Oldie magazine and with a panel chaired by Gyles Brandreth, attendees raised a glass, or five, to the OAPs who have made the headlines over the past year. Previous winners have included Mary Berry, Sir David Attenborough and Prince Philip.
This year’s awards were judged by Roger Lewis, Craig Brown, Jenny Eclair, and John Lloyd. Ken Dodd took home the biggest accolade Oldie of the Year, with other gongs going to Dad’s Army star Ian Lavender and the artist Bridget Riley.
Oldie winners 2015
(Tattifilarious) Oldie of the Year – Ken Dodd
Oldie Slimmer of the Year – Lord Falconer
Stripe Artist of the Year – Bridget Riley
Long Distance Runner of the Year – Sir Roger Bannister
Stupid Oldie Boy of the Year – Ian Lavender
Jungle Survivor of the Year – Michael Buerk