Az­navour had to bed hop for Ian

The Racing Paper - - Trends And Diary -

THE death of leg­endary French crooner Charles Az­navour has brought back mem­o­ries of the time he lost a fu­ri­ous tug of war for his favourite suite at the Meri­dien Ho­tel dur­ing the an­nual in­va­sion of Paris by hun­dreds of English rac­ing fans on Arc week­end.

Az­navour, above, wanted to stay an ex­tra night in his suite which had been booked months in ad­vance as nor­mal for Arc week­end by Ian Fry, the ge­nial boss of Horse Rac­ing Abroad, who were re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing le­gions of pun­ters to Paris by sea and air.

At first the singer re­fused to move, but he changed his mind af­ter field­ing dozens of calls for Fry who used the suite as his com­mand post for his busiest week­end of the year.

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