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!


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!

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. 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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