His forebears fought alongside Edward III at Crecy in 1346 and helped Henry VII vanquish Richard III at Bosworth in 1485.
Now the Earl of Shrewsbury, Premier Earl of England, is thundering into battle against litter.
His ancestral lance, I can disclose, is unwaveringly aimed at an enemy all too close to home — fly-tippers who routinely despoil the beauty of lanes leading to the Peak District National Park.
Charles Shrewbury — family motto Prest d’accomplir, ready to accomplish — has turned detective in pursuit of litter louts as well as collecting rubbish in black bin bags every weekend. ‘The final straw,’ Lord Shrewsbury, 68, says, was ‘seeing used Covid face masks, broken children’s toys and much more’.
He hints that some of the items he prods into his refuse bag cannot be mentioned in a family newspaper.
His forebears fought alongside Edward III at Crecy in 1346 and helped Henry VII vanquish Richard III at Bosworth in 1485. Now the Earl of Shrewsbury (pictured), Premier Earl of England, is thundering into battle against litter
For the past three years, Lord Shrewsbury, whose family once owned Alton Towers, now a theme park, has been picking up ‘a black bin-liner’s worth of litter, possibly more’, almost every week on the same mile-long stretch of lane
For the past three years, Lord Shrewsbury, whose family once owned Alton Towers, now a theme park, has been picking up ‘a black bin-liner’s worth of litter, possibly more’, almost every week on the same mile-long stretch of lane.
Last Saturday, he adds: ‘I put gloves on and searched through. It looks like somebody who was moving house had missed the six o’clock cut-off point at the tip — and had just chucked it instead. People should be prosecuted.’
His local council seemingly lacks his zeal. ‘I rang them four times yesterday and no one picked up — and that’s their fly-tipping helpline.’
But Lord Shrewsbury found a vital clue to the lout’s identity: a receipt, complete with number plate and MOT details, from a garage. Enough to persuade the council to snap into action. The public-minded aristocrat is determined to turn the tide.
He used to smoke two packs a day and admits to letting his drinking get out of control, yet former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley says he’s never taken drugs because he vowed to his granny he wouldn’t. ‘
I made a promise to my grandmother when I was 16 or 17,’ he says. ‘I’ve never done any of that stuff, and I thank her for that. It was a promise well made.’
Thandiwe cuts a dash while she bleaches her tash
Thandiwe Newton shared a video of herself cooking in her North-West London kitchen while applying a cosmetic treatment to her upper lip
Being a Hollywood star while also raising three children can be a multi-tasking challenge, but Thandiwe Newton appears to be pulling it off with aplomb.
The 48-year-old shared a video of herself cooking in her North-West London kitchen while applying a cosmetic treatment to her upper lip.
‘I’m bleaching my moustache — not much of one, but it’s there,’ she says. ‘It totally lightens the hairs.’
Some like it hot, Doc
Actor Martin Clunes has made no secret of his love of hot sauce, and even makes it at home. Now he wants to bring out his own range.
He has registered the name ‘Hi Jawawa Hot Sauce’ as a trademark. He has also included advertising, marketing and online ordering, suggesting he will be selling it over the internet.
The Doc Martin star’s passion for hot chilli sauce was evident two years ago when he visited the family-run Tabasco sauce factory in Lousiana during his Islands Of America TV series.
Good luck, Martin. Paul Newman’s, pasta sauces and dressings are still selling well, 13 years after his death.
Hello Eva! Model’s a peach on the beach
Keeping in shape is a priority for Eva Herzigova, who, when she turned 48 earlier this year, bought an exercise bike to keep fit
It’s hard to believe nearly three decades have gone by since supermodel Eva Herzigova shot to fame in the ‘Hello Boys!’ Wonderbra campaign. The mother-of-three has been flooded with compliments this week from friends — and her partner, businessman Gregorio Marsiaj — after sharing a picture of herself at the beach in Cornwall, looking as though she’d just stepped off the catwalk.
Keeping in shape is a priority for Eva, who, when she turned 48 earlier this year, bought an exercise bike to keep fit.
‘I made up my mind to actually start doing some regular exercise,’ she says. ‘Last time I have done sport on regular basis was back at school.’
Dame Judi Dench recently declared that at 86, she likes nothing better than skinny-dipping in her swimming pool. It seems that she also has a penchant for forest bathing, which involves doing a slow, sensory woodland walk; and spending quality time under a canopy of trees with your phone switched off — fully clothed. She says: ‘As humans, we have a deep connection to trees and woodland.’
Demelza’s in de money
We are more used to seeing Eleanor Tomlinson (pictured), 29, playing the impoverished mine-owner’s wife, flame-haired Demelza, in the long-running BBC TV series Poldark. But in reality the actress has no fewer than two homes and a bank balance the dashing Cornish Captain would envy
We are more used to seeing Eleanor Tomlinson, 29, playing the impoverished mine-owner’s wife, flame-haired Demelza, in the long-running BBC TV series Poldark.
But in reality the actress has no fewer than two homes and a bank balance the dashing Cornish Captain would envy.
According to new accounts for her company Eleanor May, which she set up in August 2015, she is worth £1.2 million.
Land Registry records reveal she bought a £325,000 two-bed flat in South-West London and a three-bed house in Bristol for just under £600,000. Both properties were bought mortgage-free and acquired on the same day in June last year.
Made up for the year ending August 31, 2020, her company accounts report £350,000 worth of fixed assets — within part of a total of £648,959 worth of shareholder funds.
TV Rev’s divine approval
As a man of the cloth, celebrity vicar Richard Coles says he asks for the ‘blessing’ of his bishop before accepting any TV work.
The former Strictly Star confesses: ‘I do call the bishop if it’s a significant thing. I will always ask the bishop’s advice and for his blessing, which has always been forthcoming.
‘I don’t think he had ever seen Strictly, though, and he had to speak to the suffragan bishop to find out more about it.’
He adds: ‘I mean, I do make a right ball of it sometimes. I don’t think my Paso Doble in Strictly is something I want chiselled on my headstone.’