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Tony Pickup

An octogenarian, Tony is as busy now as he was at any other time in his life. He is the Chairperson and Treasurer of a local amateur dramatic group in St. Austell and about to take over the presidency of his local Lions Club.

A keen interest in amateur dramatics in his early 20s took a backseat to raising a family and pursuing a career. However, once Tony hit his 65th year he decided to join the St Austell player to fulfil his creative side.

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“I auditioned once or twice without success, but eventually a small part in ‘Les Miserables’ came my way. After that, parts came my way quite regularly and in subsequent years I’ve been lucky enough to receive acting nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Cornwall Drama Associations theatre festival awards.

Acting is great for helping to build self-confidence and amateur dramatics introduces you to a new circle of friends with a common purpose.”

Outside of Drama, Tony participates in a number of other activities. As president of the St Austell Lions Club, he helps to run several fundraising activities throughout the year to support local causes.

Never one to keep still, Tony’s main piece of advice for staying happy and healthy in your later years is not to “sit in your chair, watching TV, and thinking about the good times of the past. Do get out of the house, and look to see what’s out there to occupy your time. I can promise there is something for everyone, but it won’t come looking for you - you have to go out and find it.”