Nelson-born BBC TV Antiques Roadshow expert star Eric Knowles is among 1,000 new entries in the 2014 edition of “Who’s Who”.
He makes his debut in the world-famous reference book at the age of 60.
Inclusion in Who’s Who – which contains potted biographies of 33,000 of some of the most talented, most influential and most important people – is by invitation only, so this is an accolade for all the newcomers.
In his Who’s Who entry, Mr Knowles proudly mentions his Nelson birthplace and that he attended Edge End School in Nelson and Nelson and Colne College of Further Education.
He now lines up alongside comedienne Miranda Hart, violinist Nicola Benedetti, Manchester-born former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips and Lancashire bakery chief Jonathan Warburton, who are also making their first appearance.
Mr Knowles is among 11 BBC TV Antiques Roadshow experts included in Who’s Who for the first time and for three in particular – ceramics expert Henry Sandon (85), furniture expert John Bly (74) and Mr Knowles, whose combined ages are 219 – this official recognition of their talents is long overdue.
Mr Knowles’s entry is comparatively brief and modest.
He explains his colourful life in 28 lines, which is 13 lines longer than the entry of Pope Francis, 14 lines longer than that of US President Barack Obama and eight longer than the Prime Minister David Cameron!
In his Who’s Who entry, Mr Knowles lists his recreations as: “country walking, jazz, soul and classical music, family, cinema, theatre, football”.
Mr Knowles, Miranda Hart and all the others will now remain in Who’s Who until they die, when they will be automatically transferred to Who’s Who’s sister publication, “Who Was Who”.
The 2014 edition of Who’s Who is published by Bloomsbury at £250 while the print and on-line edition is available at £350 from Oxford University Press.
Edge Ender Mr Knowles joins SIX people from Nelson Grammar School and one former Walton High School student who are already in Who’s Who.
The former Nelson Grammar pupils are John Paul Baldwin (66), a deputy High Court judge, a Queen’s Counsel and a barrister; Prof. Susan Birley who is professor of entrepreneurship at the Business School at Imperial College, London; Prof. Brian Duerden (65), professor of microbiology and infection control at the Department of Health between 2004 and 2010; Prof. Allan Foster (87), professor of chemistry at the University of London between 1966 and 1986; Prof. John Morton (80), director, Cognitive Development Unit at the Medical Research Council between 1982 and 1998 and a big Burnley FC fan; and Judge Barbara Watson (63), Blackburn-based circuit judge.
Former Walton High School pupil Stephen Smith (53) is a deputy High Court judge, a Queen’s Counsel and a barrister.