On Saturday 24th June, winners of the inaugural Jersey Style Awards in association with Chopard were revealed at a glittering red carpet gala on the Channel Island. A high profile list of honourees included Dame Shirley Bassey who was inducted into the Style Hall of Fame. The celebrities arrived on the island from London by private jet for the prestigious ceremony.
The event’s theme was to celebrate and honour the island’s wealth of culinary, art, retail, leisure, style and heritage organisations from the people who shape its character, personality and individuality as one of the best kept secrets in the British Isles. Local politician Murray Norton said; “This event has been an incredible platform to showcase the best of what Jersey has to offer on a cultural, artistic and stylish level. We are so honoured to have such esteemed guests on our shores and I think the winners showcase that Jersey can indeed punch above its weight globally in delivering first class cuisine, visitor and cultural attractions and luxury adventure.”
Had an amazing evening celebrating the @jerseystyleawards alongside @melissaodabash , #shirleybassey , @bigjldn , @christian_arno , @tallia_storm , @tessiehartmann , @tessahartmann1 and @danny__beauchamp . Congratulations to all the winners and thank you Style Awards for my Designer of the Year Award!
Our MD Jeffrey Chinn had the pleasure of presenting the 'Style Icon' award to the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey at the Jersey Style Awards. We were even treated to an impromptu performance of Diamonds are forever, which I'm sure we can all agree was mind blowing! . . . . . #JerseyStyleAwards #DameShirleyBassey #JerseyCI #JerseyEvents #LuxuryWatches #LuxuryJewellery #LoveHettich #HettichJewellers #HettichJersey #HettichAndChopard
Dame Shirley broke into an impromptu performance of Diamonds are Forever as she thanked the organisers for the award.
It was a particularly memorable occasion for The Bassey Blog’s dear friend and regular commenter Dennis Welch, whose struggle to get a ticket caught the attention of the local media.
Thankfully a kind-hearted Islander read about his plight and stepped in with a last minute ticket. Speaking to the media at the event, Mr Welch said: “I absolutely love him for what he has done – it means the whole world to me. 24 hours ago I had given up hope, and tonight she sat right near me and I was talking to her.”
Dennis kindly shared with us the photos and video below, adding “I had a fantastic evening that I will never forget, Dame Shirley was radiant. The man in the first picture is John Ovenden, who saw my story in the Jersey Evening Post. He had two VIP tickets for him and his wife Tracey, but she let me have her ticket saying I would enjoy the evening more as I was the island of Jersey’s biggest fan of Dame Shirley Bassey. My gratitude is forever, John took these photos as he is a professional photographer of sea life, dolphins on the island of Jersey and much more.”