The Zimmers star dies, aged 101
A PENSIONER who released a single and appeared on US TV, has died, aged 101, of cancer.
Winifred Warburton (above) became a member of rock band The Zimmers, formed for a BBC documentary about pensioners' rights, when she was 99.
The show followed the group as they covered The Who's My Generation, and quickly led to international fame.
Winifred appeared alongside George Clooney on US prime-time TV programme, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
Ill health limited her involvement with The Zimmers for the past year, but the band released an album in October.
Band member Peter Oakley, 81, of Derbyshire, said: "Wherever she went, even at a great age when most of us can't be bothered, she always wore her brooch and pearls and a dress – never trousers, they were for men. She was so vivacious and an amazing lady."
Winifred was chosen to join The Zimmers after campaigning for elderly people's rights with Age Concern.
She died on New Year's Eve at Northview Nursing and Residential Home, in Cotgrave.
Producer and band manager Neil Reed said: "She was one of the stars and will always be a star to us. There are very few people that can light up the stage of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno but she was the sort of character that was able to do it."