Birthdays: 27th February 1996

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Mr Frank Allaun, journalist and former MP, 83; Mr Paddy Ashdown MP, leader, Liberal Democrats, 55; Mr Tom Chadbon, actor, 50; Mr Peter De Vries, novelist, 86; Sir Peter Emery MP, 70; Viscount Head, former racehorse trainer, 59; Mr Alan Jinkinson, General Secretary, Unison, 61; Mr Mervyn Jones, author, 74; Sir Hugh Leggatt, art dealer, 71; Mr Edward Lucie-Smith, poet and art critic, 63; Mr Ian McGarry, general secretary, British Actors' Equity Association, 55; Professor Sir Donald Mackay, chairman, Scottish Enterprise, 59; Mr Geoffrey Maitland Smith, chairman, Sears plc, 63; Mr Ralph Nader, author and consumer activist, 62; Rabbi Julia Neuberger, Chairman, Camden and Islington Community Health Service NHS Trust, 46; Mr Graeme Pollock, cricketer, 52; Mr Alberto Remedios, operatic singer, 61; Mr Gene Sarazen, golfer, 94; Professor Roger Scruton, Professor of Philosophy, Boston University, 52; Mr Magnus MacDonald Shearer, former Lord- Lieutenant of Shetland, 72; Dame Antoinette Sibley, prima ballerina, 57; Sir Andrew Sloan, former Chief Constable of Strathclyde, 65; Mr Kenzo Takada, fashion designer, 57; Miss Elizabeth Taylor, actress, 64; Air Chief Marshal Sir Sandy Wilson, former Air Member for Personnel and Air Aide-de-Camp to the Queen, 55; Miss Joanne Woodward, actress, 66; Lord Young of Graffham, executive chairman, Cable and Wireless, 64.