Monty turned 88 on April 4th 2016. To mark the occasion, Variety, the Children's Charity, along with Monty's family, threw a party at BAFTA.
The event was organised not only to celebrate Monty's birthday but also to recognise his significant contribution to film and stage music in the UK. In addition, the celebrity guests, which included Sir Roger Moore, Barry Cryer, Jay Rayner, Tom O'Connor, Vanessa Feltz, Eunice Gayson and others, generously donated a significant amount towards Variety's work with sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the UK.
One highlight of the evening was Sir Roger Moore's self-penned poem which he read as Monty was honoured a Celebrity Ambassador for Variety.
Relaxing somewhere underneath a mango tree,
Is a man most famous – to hear not to see,
For over fifty years he's played my theme
Though not just mine, there are five others on the team.
For when the white dot appears, and moves across the screen
The music kicks off, and the audience scream
Not with fear, but with excitement you see
As in to the gun barrel comes little old me.
His name is Norman
And he's certainly not a poor man
You see he composed a cute melody
For a killer quite deadly
Today he turns double-o eighty-eight
A youngster - by my standards at any rate
So join me in saluting our maestro and friend
And may the music never end
... Monty Norman