The presentation of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" took place for the 7th time this year in London in the Boisdale of Canary Wharf. The top-class event honours among others the best cigars of the world. The annual event, known as the "Academy Awards" of Cigar World, is the most prestigious Cigar Awards event outside of Havana.
Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons; legendary Hollywood actor and director Burt Reynolds; British Conservative member of the House of Lords and once a code-breaker in Bletchley Park during World War II, Baroness Trumpington; Edward Sahakian of Davidoff London; and acclaimed British broadcaster and journalist Andrew Neil.
On December 2, 2019, Daniel Marshall joined the top-class list of distinguished personalities for the Cigar Smoker of the Year Award. Simon Le Bön, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jonathan Ross, Kelsey Grammer, Tamar Hassan, Charlie Sheen, James Cosmo, and Chris Noth have received this award in the past.
London has a special place in Marshall's heart, the cigar and humidor supplier told Hollywood celebrities, presidents and royal families in his acceptance speech. At the age of 19 he came to London to realize his dream and get the recognition of his manufactured humidors in California from Alfred Dunhill.
His acceptance speech contained an example of the "power of the cigar" and who you can meet through a cigar. "One of my most memorable moments was when Mr Marlon Brando asked me to build two great humidors for him. He told me that when he visited his island off the coast of Tahiti, all his scripts would get moldy and destroyed by the humidity and he wanted to use our humidors to keep the humidity away!"
Marshall expressed his deepest admiration for all the nominees and congratulated the winners, including Cigar Smoker of the Year. This highest award honors a distinguished personality who has a passion for pure cigar enjoyment. This year's award went to actor, filmmaker and martial artist Dolph Lundgren, who is best known for his roles in Rocky IV, The Expendables, The Punisher and Universal Soldier.
At the end of his speech, Marshall left the esteemed audience with one final thought: "I really believe that it's all about dreams. Dreams cost nothing. The hard part is keeping them alive and never giving up. As Sir Winston Churchill famously said, "No matter what the challenge, we must never, never, never give up."
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