Extract from the Getaway Gazette February 1999

"I picked up my family from the airport, went off to Battersea Heliport in London, jumped into a helicopter and went up to Althorp House to meet up with Charles Spencer. We stayed the weekend in Althorp, which is a magnificent place. We went through the Princess Diana Museum, which is beautiful; really tastefully done. And every time I read physical stuff about the Museum...I mean, the media are so down on poor old Charles Spencer and he has nothing to gain and everything to lose from opening this thing up for two months of the year. Two months a year! You can't make any money in that time; the Museum costs a fortune. There are all these people saying 'Oh, he's trying to make money out of it.' Let's face it - the guy's worth £l00 million. Why should he bother with pennies? He did what he did because he loves his sister. People forget that. And the most stunning thing of all about that museum - it's not big, but it has lovely things about Diana's life and her dresses and old film of when she was a kid - is the books of condolences which occupy one entire wall, as you leave the museum. I remember saying to Charles Spencer 'There's a lot of books here! How many are there?' And he said 'There's about two thousand here - but there's another 25,000 upstairs.' There are books from all over the world, he said: 'They are still coming in...' There are books which school children had put together - and they were amazing...if nothing else moved you to tears, then reading what the little children had written most certainly would. A few of the books were open, and people had signed these books and sent them to Charles Spencer. Quite an extraordinary thing.

And then the concert. Well, of course, it rained like hell during the day of the show and then it stopped about an hour before the show started, and beautiful, beautiful sunshine came. I just thought the event was amazing. I performed about six or seven songs - the audience were really into it and the last song I did was 'A New Star Up In Heaven Tonight', which I have only performed publicly twice. The second time was on the 31st of August in Liverpool, with an orchestra, on the anniversary of her death. That was very emotional indeed, particularly since Diana's mother had taken (my wife) Diane, the children and myself around the lake at Althorp to see where Princess Diana is buried. That was a privilege indeed. Very, very much so.

So, we did the show and then, afterwards, it was even more memorable. I suppose about 60 or 70 people went back to the house for drinks and dinner, which Charles Spencer had laid on, and, I remember, at about 1 o'clock in the morning somebody started playing the piano. There's a huge entrance hall with a massive staircase and there was a piano at the bottom of it - which the princess used to play. The place was full of her; you could tell that she lived there -but I don't think she enjoyed it that much because the place must have seemed very cold and forbidding to a youngster, although it was beautifully done. It has long galleries, with at least three or four dining rooms two of them in which you could seat about 50 people at the table. Enormous. Anyway, so this guy started playing 'Martha My Dear', the Beatles' song, on the piano -very well and I heard this, drifted over and started singing along with it. Shortly, a lot of people started coming out after dinner, sat on the stairs and we started a concert - another concert -with everybody singing live. It was fantastic. And Jimmy Ruffin was great; he wandered around singing brilliantly. And this went on until half- past four in the morning, and all the artists who were staying at the house all got up and did a turn there. The actual show itself was, of course, televised, worldwide and the list of countries which took it -either live or on cable -was something like 45 long, and it was then transmitted to many, many more."

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