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