Fashion icon Vivienne Westwood tops British eccentric list
A study by First Direct has compiled a list of Britains top eccentric individuals. With the amount of eccentric celebrities gracing our soil, the trait is now seen as quirky and loveable and something to be desired.
More than one in 10 Brits (13 per cent) – six million people across the country – can be classified as true eccentrics, although 32 million in total display ‘traits’ of eccentricity.
To mark its 21st birthday, first direct – the original direct bank – commissioned the Future Foundation to explore and champion the unique individuals who make Britain great. The resulting ‘Colourful Lives’ report is a celebration of all that’s individual, quirky and just plain eccentric.
First Direct’s Head of Marketing, Paul Say, said: “The research shows Brits are proud of their nation, with traditional customs and festivals such as cheese rolling, bog snorkelling and toe wrestling cited by 57 per cent as the main reason Britain is so eccentric. One in every 100 people in the UK is officially registered as a Jedi Knight – a statistic which proves Brits aren’t afraid to be irreverent even about such routine things as the Census.”
The eccentricity list is split into our top five traditional eccentrics and our top five modern eccentrics. Fashion Icon Vivienne Westwood has topped the Top Five Modern Eccentrics list with 40% of the vote, followed closely behind by Boy George (36%), Russell Brand (35%), Gok Wan (30%) and The Osbournes (30%).
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