The inspirational Sir Ian McKellen, CH, CBE, celebrated his 80th birthday recently and coincidentally, Stonewall, (LGBT rights charity) which he co-founded, celebrated their 50th birthday! Furthermore we are extremely proud to announce, that we are awarding the first ever Valley Times living legend award to Sir Ian, for his sensational contribution to the world of Arts and culture, along with his inspiring charity work, especially for the LGBTQ+ community.
Sir Ian hosted a wonderful birthday party to celebrate and his guests included our very own Welsh heartthrob Luke Evans and national treasure Dame Judi Dench. There was also a sensational performance, from international singing diva La Voix.
Sir Ian McKellen is twice Oscar nominated and the recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US. Since coming out on BBC Radio in 1988, he has become one of the UK’s greatest spokespeople for the LGBT community. He was a co-founder of LGBT rights organisation, Stonewall, and is a patron of many charities including FFLAG, GAY-GLOS, LGBT History Month; Oxford Pride; Pride London; The AKT and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. He has had a truly remarkable career and still graces us with his wonderful work today. We are again so proud to present him with this award, due to his phenomenal achievements.
Sir Ian is currently touring with his “Ian on stage” production, which is actually sold out! If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to this wonderful array, then you’re really in for a treat. It’s had great reviews and will take you on a wonderful adventure, with the living legend that is, Sir Ian McKellen.
Here’s to many more happy returns! #SirIanMckellen
ARTICLE BY CHIEF EDITOR OF VALLEY TIMES BRETT SALWAY