Saturday, 23 April 2016

An Arresting Figure

Sir John Leslie, 4th Bt, who has died aged 99, was an Irish baronet who led a life almost totally isolated from the modern world until, in his eighties, he took to attending discos near his home, Castle Leslie, Glaslough in County Monaghan, dancing to what he was pleased to describe as “the boom-boom music”.

“It electrifies me,” explained Leslie, a cousin of Sir Winston Churchill. “I can leap up and down. It shakes the liver up – like riding in Hyde Park in my grandparents’ day.” Tall and erect, his bald head covered by a Tam O’Shanter, he cut an arresting figure on the dance floor.

There is more. Much more. This obituary is delicious.

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