was the sum Prime Minister James Callaghan (Labour) gave the over 80s as an 'Age Addition Allowance' in 1971.
BRUSH up on the Bard with the Sunday Mail Burns Supper song and verse booklet, for the bargain price of just 25p
A MAJOR event this year is not the wedding of William to Kate but the 40th anniversary of the 25p
Age Addition Allowance.
Insurer Prudential rose 25p
to 677p, buoyed by speculation of a bid from French rival Axa.
On the upside miners Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton rose 92p and 25p
to 3136p and 1147p respectively after a broker upgraded both stocks.
HBOS was the biggest blue chip casualty, down almost 11% or 25p
at 270p, ERN, off 64p at 1036p, Lonmin, down 104p at 2410p, and Petrofac, down 25p
Companies dealing in commodities were doing well across the board, with miner Anglo American prominent among the risers - up 25p
at 1402p - and Antofagasta 12p stronger at 1462p.
In the mining sector Antofagasta surged 39p to 1102p, Xstrata jumped 25p
to 951p, BHP Billiton gained 18.
That disappointed traders hoping for heftier profits, leaving HSBC at the top of the Footsie fallers with a loss of nearly three per cent, or 25p
, to 868p.
FirstGroup was the Footsie's biggest riser, up 25p
to 553p, while in the second tier Stagecoach added 18.
5p to 192p and Standard Chartered off 25p