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AN EXCLUSIVE PEEK INSIDE SIR ALAN AND LADY SUGAR’S 40TH AN­NIVER­SARY PARTY

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CANDICE KRIEGER

SIR ALAN Sugar is not ex­actly one to buy into the Hello!- style celebrity cul­ture. But when it comes to mark­ing an im­por­tant mo­ment in his life, he cer­tainly knows how to party, as th­ese pho­tos exclusive to the Jewish Chron­i­cle re­veal.

The 61-year-old star of The Ap­pren­tice threw a spec­tac­u­lar bash to cel­e­brate 40 years of mar­riage to his wife, Ann.

For­mer Daily Mir­ror ed­i­tor Piers Morgan, ex-Arse­nal vice-chair­man David Dein and ac­tress Mau­reen Lip­man were among the 250 guests who at­tended the black-tie event in a mar­quee at the Sug­ars’ Chigwell home.

Bruce Forsyth hosted a cabaret that in­cluded a one-hour set f from Sir El­ton John, c chauf­feured in by he­li­copter; a standup com­edy rou­tine by Jackie Ma­son; and a per­for­mance from the 58-strong c a s t of t he mu­si­cal Jer­sey Boys. Mr Forsyth caused much mer­ri­ment when pluck­ing out ran­dom peo­ple from the crowd to dance with, and did not recog­nise Mau­reen Lip­man. But it was a recital of an El­ton John song by one of Sir Alan’s seven grand­chil­dren that stole the show.

Sir Alan and his Ap­pren­tice right-hand man Nick Hewer gave speeches, Sir Alan speak­ing for around 10 min­utes and stress­ing the im­por­tance of fam­ily and how for­tu­nate he was to have three chil­dren and seven grand­chil­dren.

Or­gan­ised by caterer Tony Page, with as­sis­tance from Lon­don-based party plan­ners Ba­nana Split, who or­gan­ised Sir Philip Green’s birth­day ex­trav­a­ganza, the event re­port­edly cost around £4 mil­lion. Guests were treated to a starter of smoked salmon on a bed of let­tuce ac­com­pa­nied by pick­led cu­cum­ber and mar­i­nated tomato salad, a main course o f h e r b - crusted roast rack of lamb served with potato and aubergine rosti and green beans, and a choco­late souf­flé served with vanilla ice cream and fresh sum­mer fruits for dessert.

Sir Alan and Lady Ann sat with their chil­dren Si­mon, Daniel and Louise, and their re­spec­tive part­ners and chil­dren. The­mar­quee,which q , had been dec­o­rated with gi­ant photo can­vases of the hosts, was the size of a grand ho­tel ball­room.

PHOTO: SHARNA/FRANK PR

Cabaret: Bruce Forsyth works the crowd, pick­ing out Ap­pren­tice star Nick Hewer

Cue the mu­sic: Sir El­ton John and the Jer­sey Boys per­formed on stage. ( Left:) Sir Alan with Jackie Ma­son and his wife Ann at the party

PHOTO: AP

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

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