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Friday, December 9, 2011

Winston Churchill Named Britain's Greatest Gentleman of the Last Century

From The Daily Mail
By Jessica Satherley
Sir Winston Churchill has been named the greatest British gentleman of the last century in a new poll.

The former Prime Minister, who inspired the nation to stand in defiance of Hitler during World War Two, topped the survey of 4,000 people to uncover the greatest gentlemen in modern memory.

Runner-up went to Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s best-known natural history film maker who brought the hidden secrets of the world to living rooms across the country with programs like Life, The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet.

Churchill will forever be remembered for embodying the strength and spirit of Britain in one of its darkest periods, rousing the public with stirring speeches and broadcasts that gave hope to millions.

Bronze went to Stephen Fry, whose intelligent and amusing contributions to our TV screens and Twitter feeds have made him a national treasure.

A spokesman for Austin Reed, which carried out the poll, said: ‘Sir Winston Churchill showed unprecedented courage and strength to lead this country and is a worthy choice as the greatest British gentleman.

‘In fact, Austin Reed made Winston Churchill’s famous siren suits during the war.

‘There were plenty of great contenders for the role, and the results are a pleasing reminder of the number of great characters and personalities that inspire the general public.

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