Gets “Oldie of the Year” award
Her father had fought with Gurkhas in Burma
28th January 2010: British actress Joanna Lumley has bagged the “Oldie of the Year” award for her unrelenting crusade for Gurkhas’ rights.
The award is annually conferred upon older individuals for a range of efforts by Humorous monthly magazine, The Oldie.
Presenting the award to Lumley, veteran broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan said they would like to award her for her relentless efforts and continuing campaigning for Gurkhas’ rights and the Gurkha Justice Campaign.
The 63-year-old actress had led a triumphant impressive battle for retired Gurkhas’ right to live in Britain. Lumley’s inspiration was her soldier father. He had served for 30 years as an officer with the 6th Gurkha Rifles.
In a major victory for some 36,000 Gurkhas, the British Government had in May last announced that those veterans, who retired before July 1997 from the army, will be allowed to settle down in the UK.
Announcing the new policy in the House of Commons, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith had asserted all Gurkha veterans who retired before 1997 with at least four years’ service will be allowed to settle in the UK.