Cartoon Art Trust awards for Daily Mail
Three of the Daily Mail's cartoonists were recognised by their peers in the Cartoon Art Trust awards:
Mac (Stan McMurtry MBE) was hailed with the Trust's highest accolade, a Lifetime Achievement award, presented by Anna Ford, widow of cartoonist Mark Boxer. Mac had his first cartoons published as a freelance in Punch in the late 1960s and started drawing for the paper in 1971.
Oliver Preston, chairman of The Cartoon Museum in London, said: "He is rightly described as a national treasure. His cartoons are part of our daily life and he has been an inspiration to cartoonists throughout Britain. Mac has covered the ups and downs of our political and social life from Thatcher, to Blair, to Brown, to Cameron and the many vicissitudes of the Royal Family in his own inimitable style."
Jonathan Pugh won the Pocket Cartooning award in recognition of his works published on a variety of topical news stories every weekday in the Mail. Oliver Preston's citation said that Pugh is "very funny, quirky, topical and consistently 'on the button'." Pugh was presented with his award by Clive Anderson.
Gray Jolliffe of the Mail's Chloe & Co strip, formerly called 'Up and Running', carried off the award for strip cartooning. The judges said that Jolliffe, creator of the Wicked Willie cartoons, "is always entertaining with very incisive humour and laugh-aloud jokes". He received his prize from Barry Cryer.