There were plenty of famous faces extremely happy to be at Lord Ashcroft’s 70th Birthday party last weekend.
Michael Buble, William Hague and Katherine Jenkins were just a few who entertained at the do on Park Lane’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The Capitalist wonders if Lord Hague isn’t getting a bit tired of the Mayfair hotel; he was entertaining CEOs at PwC’s publicly listed company awards at the same venue only last week. Mind you, his pay-cheque must have brought some comfort.
A loose-tongued exec familiar with the matter said Hague “definitely didn’t come cheap” as the PLC Awards’ special guest. City A.M. also hears that stars at Ashcroft's do were paid eyebrow-raising five-figure sums.
Another familiar face that some were less pleased to see was Wynne Evans, the infamously irritating Pavarotti-impersonator in Go Compare’s TV ads.
The Capitalist’s mole at the party says the singer led a grandiose cover of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Modern Major-General song, with new lyrics turning it into a tribute to Ashcroft and his wonderful achievements.
“He tries to touch the feelings of so many people’s minds and hearts, He is the very model of a modern man of many parts” was just one excerpt from the re-write, repeated three times after five separate verses. Pass the bucket...