FROM THE ARCHIVE 163 -2004-

At The Laurent-Perrier Chilled Pink Party
April 2004

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Thinking pink was the order of the day for the Laurent-Perrier Chilled Pink Party. Dame Shirley Bassey wore a powder pink dress, strings of pearls and matching pink accessories at the event which was hosted by David Hesketh, Managing Director of Laurent-Perrier UK. The champagne was Laurent-Perrier Rosé, the distinctive, definitive pink champagne and one of Dame Shirley’s favourites!

Dame Shirley was tickled pink after winning the charity prize draw for a baby pink Dyson vacuum cleaner signed by James Dyson and Terence Conran. Dame Shirley does not do housework, but according to a report in the Daily Express she has now vowed to start vacuuming. Asked if she did her own vacuuming, she said “No, I don’t but I am going to start now,” before deftly pushing the Dyson across the floor to demonstrate her cleaning prowess.

The Daily Mail suggests that Shirley was moaning about Roman Abromovich’s 378ft, £72 million cruiser, which is moored near her home in Monaco. “It’s big and ugly and enormous and new-fangled. It spoils my view,” she said.

The pink event, now in its fourth year took place on Tuesday 20th April 2004 at Quaglino’s Restaurant in South London. The dazzling Terence Conran restaurant and bar was built on the site of the old Quaglino’s, the most famous of London’s ‘society restaurants’. Two spectacular staircases create a dramatic sense of occasion, sweeping you down to the restaurant with its eight huge columns painted by different artists and a crustacea altar in the distance

Music was provided by DJ Ravin from the renowned Buddha Bar in Paris, whilst guests enjoyed a selection of canapés prepared by the Conran chefs in the Quaglino’s kitchen. These include sashimi of tuna with radish salad, lobster medallions on a spring onion scone with vanilla aioli, parmigiano crisps with goat’s cheese mousse, ratte potato with crème fraiche and sevruga caviar and strawberry and champagne jelly.

Other guests included restaurant owner Sir Terence Conran, Amanda Wakeley, Issy van Randwyck, Kathy Lettes, Henry Kelly, Emily Maitlis, Lucy Alexander, Penny Smith, Tom Aitkens, Stephanie Moore and Stephen Woodams.

The event was in aid of CLIC – Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood, who are one of the UK’s leading children’s cancer charities, working with children and their families when cancer or leukaemia is diagnosed and helping meet their financial, practical and emotional needs. Employees of the Dyson vacuum cleaner company have pledged to raise £1 million through fundraising events, and have been helping to raise funds for the charity through their Colour My Dyson competition.

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