Capital FM's Dinner on the Thames

Posted by Dean Piper On June 17th, 2008

Capital 95.8FM always throw a good bash – and last night’s posh sit down dinner and soiree aboard the Silver Sturgeon on the Thames was an excuse to mix with some big names and have a fun night out.

The night – hosted by an exceedingly glamorous Margherita Taylor - is an annual dinner with all proceeds going towards the charity Help A London Child. I love the fact that the radio station is so loyal to the charity and always striving to make a difference in a London child’s life. With so many charities based on highlighting issues abroad nowadays it’s refreshing to have something benefiting the capital!

I arrived to meet my gorgeous pal Luci and bumped into the first two celebrities of the night – Tara Palmer Tomkinson and Blue singer Duncan James. We went aboard and enjoyed a champagne reception served by some of the big name DJs from Capital. Sam Mann and Welshy from the breakfast show served our champers!

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TPT ended up bing one of the main bidders in the celebrity packed auction at the end of the evening. Tara paid £5,000 of her hard earned cash as a personal donation to the plights of the children of London – following a heartfelt speech from Margherita Taylor.

But after the auction it all got raucous. And I found out TPT is a seriously such a fun girl. Crazy as hell, but she knows it. I caught her later on in the night in the boys toilet complaining about there being a queue in the ladies! She told me all about her new album – she’s getting excited about unleashing her new album and assures me it’s going to surprise people. “It’s Dido-esque,” she giggled. “And it’s not called Black Swan like everyone’s been saying.” I wish her all the best and hope her head wasn’t too bad today – she looked a tad tipsy when I left.

I nattered to Amanda Lamb from Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun and she revealed she’s just bought a new three-storey house with her hunky man in my own hometown – Hampton! I gave her the phone number for the local taxi firm too!

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A real treat was being on a table with Mica Paris, who I adore. She’s such a good egg and always up for a fun night out. She’s preparing to do a residency at the O2 Arena in their IndigO2 venue that holds 2,000 people. She’s also recording a brand new album of new material. Catch Mica’s new residency – Mica Paris and Friends, Sunday June 29th and every last Sunday of the month at The Indigo @ 02 Arena. www.indigo2.com for info and tickets.

I hear there will be guest appearances from the likes of Estelle and Chaka Khan during the dates……

Pic: The Lovely Jon Furniss

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