Ronnie Corbett paddles up, Fatboy art goes for much more than a song, and Cbeebies comes to to town
Ronnie Round the PierOn one of the hottest weekends of the year so far, Brighton and Hove played host to Europe’s biggest free beach festival when Paddle Round the Pier hit town. Mingling with the Mayor in the Paddle Round the Pier VIP tent was king of comedy (and star of my favourite Little Britain sketch) Ronnie Corbett, who had come not only to get behind the three wonderful charities – the RNLI, SurfAid International and Whoopsadaisy – but also to support his daughter, Sophie Graeme, who was hosting the celeb area.
Fans of Ronnie C (and which one of us isn’t?) can look forward to seeing him in the forthcoming John Landis film, Burke And Hare, a black comedy based on the Edinburgh serial murders of the same name and co-starring Reece Shearsmith, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Tim Curry and John Cleese.
Over 40,000 people from around the globe took to Hove Lawns last weekend and organisers are confident that the total will exceed the £30,000 raised in 2009.
Mister Happy Maker
Phil Gallagher from Cbeebies’ Mister Maker was at the recent Brighton Baby Expo at Brighton Racecourse. A firm favourite of children everywhere, the lovely, arty fellow commanded huge crowds at the parenting show and made a lot of little girls and boys very happy. The show, which was attended by over 4500 visitors, also played host to the Dragon’s Den team who were filming for the next series.
Sorbie’s Got A Head For Business
I am loving the new series of Mary, Queen of Shops, and was particularly excited to see Brighton salon owner and four times British Hairdresser of the Year, the lovely Trevor Sorbie OBE, dispensing business advice on screen.
At a party for Howlett Clarke solicitors at the Brighton Dome, Gabriela and Monica Irimia, aka The Cheeky Girls.
Local Artist’s Fatboy Art Auctioned Alongside Warhol
On the same day that Christie’s the auctioneers sold a Picasso for £34.7 milion, Brighton artist Julie-Anne Gilburt saw three of her own artworks go under the hammer. The pieces, all part of the original artwork from Fatboy Slim’s multi-award winning Greatest Hits album, were sold for £10,000 as part of the auctions house’s Pop Culture sale of Rock and Pop Memorabilia. When asked, Julie-Anne commented that she couldn’t quite believe her “funny little pieces” were on sale alongside Andy Warhol’s work at one of the world’s most prestigious auction houses.