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Smoke screen: Stephen Fry's dedication to his pipe wins accolade fry.

Comedian and novelist Stephen Fry was named Pipe smoker of the Year yesterday.

The star, whose television shows include Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and A Bit of Fry and Laurie, received a gold-mounted pipe for his dedication to pipe smoking.

He follows a long list of famous personalities to win the award, which has been presented annually by The Pipesmokers' Council since 1964.

Comedian Eric Morecambe won in 1970, Mastermind host Magnus Magnusson in 1978 and cricketer Ian Botham in 1988.

Prime Minister Sir Harold Wilson won in 1965 and 1976 and was named Pipesmoker of the Decade for the 1970s.

Douglas Hewat, chairman of the council, said: 'Stephen Fry was the perfect choice as he is a renowned British personality, famous for his acting, writing and presenting.'
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Date:Feb 28, 2003
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