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Have you ever spent the evening with someone famous?

Back in 1983 I was a young VSO volunteer living in a remote riverside village in Fiji. Sir Edmund Hillary was filming a trip down that river and stayed in our village overnight. I had the honor of sitting next to him all evening chatting and drinking lots of of the local kava. An experience I can never forget.

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    • Aqualady51 25th June 2021 at 8:40 pm

      In my previous job I had to hire motivational speakers. We decided on Ran Fiennes to give a talk on resilience. I spoke with him prior to the day, booked him a 5* hotel in central London and expected him at the office at 4pm on the day of the talk. Only, he turned up at the office at 8:00am, we put him in the Chairman’s office, fed and watered him, entertained him with as many ex-army people we had in the office and kept our fingers crossed for 4pm. It was amazing, his hour talk felt like 5 minutes. He was so engaging and interesting. He sold out his books, signing, chatting and being generous with his time after the talk.

      The best bit, I had arranged for him to park his car at the underground car park at Canary Wharf, however the ‘world’s greatest explorer’ had forgotten where he’d parked at 8am, so I spent the next half an hour scouring 5 floors of hundreds of cars looking for a ‘blue estate’. I eventually found it, but was seriously concerned whether he would find his way back to Exmoor that night as he couldn’t even find his car!! I still chuckle about that now!! If you ever get the chance to go to one of his talks it’s well worth it.

    • PhilB 25th June 2021 at 11:29 pm

      I see Lee Evans a lot and we have some interesting chats while we walk. Spent a lot of happy time with the late great Iain Banks (Scottish author), and seemingly chat to Rick Wakeman more than is healthy for me. Spent too much time in meetings with politicians. Don’t like ‘em. Had a nice chat with Terry Pratchett once. Don’t really like his books, but he was a lovely man.

    • Dreamyboy 26th June 2021 at 9:52 pm

      No – never spent the evening with anyone famous, but did use to go to football with someone back in the 90’s who was incredibly proud to have caught a STD off a member of Bananarama – does that count? 😂

    • Dotstoker 27th June 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Yes, Matt Lucas’ mum who often appears on TV with him. Sat next to her at my niece’s wedding reception dinner. Lovely lady

    • Daisyroots 27th June 2021 at 1:27 pm

      I’m rubbish when it comes to ‘famous’ people. I’ve chilled out with a few rock stars and been completely oblivious…..they were just my brother’s mates.
      I’ve also been to a birthday party of someone I knew was well known and surrounded by others that were recognisable to some. The only one I recognised was sir Bob g…….he was a bit of a a’hole.
      I still live in happy oblivion 😉

    • Miss money penny 27th June 2021 at 4:26 pm

      Yes, vinny Jones

    • George W 27th June 2021 at 5:02 pm

      Sat beside and chatted to a very pleasant Dennis Taylor at Manchester airport years ago …nearly missed my flight .

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 27th June 2021 at 8:00 pm

      I am not by nature a name dropper but in the late 80s early 90s I was the marketing manager for Bass Plc and among other things held the companies sponsorship budget for M&B which was, back then huge. I devised , with the help of the sports editor of a west mids radio station BRMB a monday evening sporting talk in , it went out live at 6pm….. I have been fortunate to spend time with and meet many famous people, they are pretty freindly, down to earth in my experience, probably because I was paying them , it’s a pretty long list but the more memorable ones include ,
      Frank Bruno & the late Terry Lawless, Steve Davis, Stirling Moss, Jim Bowen, George Best ( arrived late)….. all of the Warwickshire & Worcesthire cricket teams, most of the Birmingham City & Aston villa players , Eric Bristow, David Bryant ( 3 times World bowls champion). I wanted to book Peter Ustinov for an after dinner occasion but he wanted £12k…… so I booked Bob Monkhouse instead.

      • Reverend Nick 30th June 2021 at 4:42 pm

        Bob Monkhouse – the guv’nor when it came to writing and doing comedy. Would have loved to have been in the audience. I remember seeing a telly thing where he was waiting in the wings to give a lecture to Oxbridge students – the young compère was about to leap eagerly onto the stage when Bob touches him on the shoulder and says “Make ‘em wait . . .”

        • Anonymous User (no longer active) 30th June 2021 at 4:53 pm

          Bob Monkhouse entertained us at a company conference ( after dinner) when I was in corporate marketing for Bass PLC, in the early 90s he was brillaint, what a wit and a very sharp mind, impeccable timing……. I think he used to write jokes for Bob Hope and got paid by the joke, he also had a huge silent movie collection. He said he was away on tour and spoke to his wife on the phone, he told her he wanted to make love to her badly, she replied, nothing new there then……… I also liked Ken Dodd , how he remembered all those jokes I will never know and years ago when I did my formative drinking in the old Kent road ( the castle pub ) Jim Davidson would often pop in and he was a riot….. Alas , that type of humour is now outlawed more’ s the pitty, people are just too over sensitive and offended far too easily and often feel that they have to be offended on behalf of others. If something’s funny it’s funny! Bring back
          Bernard Manning, I know someone that worked in one of his clubs and he was apparently the least racist man you could get, he did so much for the local community but those things are never publised. Okay rant over , have a good evening.

        • Dreamyboy 1st July 2021 at 8:18 am

          Mother in law used to help organise charity events with celebs many years ago – always said the most pleasant, hardworking one, who was prepared to go that extra mile, was Bob Monk House – she said he was lovely.

      • aspie auntie 10th July 2021 at 6:52 pm

        BRMB was the subject of a routine Jasper Carrott did about local radio; would you have been there when Tony Butler was a presenter?

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 28th June 2021 at 5:42 am

      Well looks like you lot have met everybody :). Must admit since the Hillary chat ages ago I haven’t really met anyone famous unless coup leaders and despots count.

    • adeliza0165 28th June 2021 at 7:57 am

      We went to see the david Copperfield show in las Vegas and during the show and to our surprise, someone came up to us and asked us if we wanted to meet David after the show! So we were escorted to his room where we had a drink with him. He was very chatty and polite and then after the drinks we asked if we could have a photo with him or his autograph but he declined!lol! (I think he had other things in mind but we didn’t!lol!).
      In Portugal where we were staying, there were a lot of young men in there and my partner at the time recognised them said that it’s the arsenal football team! We didn’t speak to them, just looked!lol!
      On another occasion my daughter and me were in Harrods and an announcement came through that David Williams was book signing. We thought, oooh, David walliams! so we quickly grabbed his book and got him to sign it and had a photo taken with him😊

    • CAAS 28th June 2021 at 4:26 pm

      My first wife and I had an hotel room, next door to Roger Moore. Well this woman kept shouting out Roger…Moore. Roger …Moore.

    • Moordesire 28th June 2021 at 5:42 pm

      Yes I have, I went to see my 80’s heartthrob Paul Young in concert, at a local theatre near where I live, in June, 2019. I got to meet him after the concert, I couldn’t believe my luck. I realise that this might not be what you mean, but it meant everything to me

      • AdrianSF 2nd July 2021 at 4:19 am

        I once went out with Paul Young’s cousin for 3 years…..never met him though. Lovely singer.

        • Moordesire 3rd July 2021 at 11:27 am

          Hi Adrian
          Wow, that’s fascinating, Paul Young is a brilliant singer (and quite good looking to go with it). My cloud 9 moment was when I met him after the concert & he signed the CD that I brought. I’ve also met Noel Edmonds, Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards and Casualty’s Patrick Robinson when they opened the Dartmoor Prison charity Jailbreak in the Dartmoor village of Princetown, where I used to live

    • VinylViper 30th June 2021 at 11:33 pm

      Woooh mind blown …. what an incredible story to read , and read again to take it all in ! If this was ia game of Top Trumps I’ve hastily drank my brew and left the building ha ha fabulous. I immediately knew you’d enjoy listening to this , ill say no more

    • VinylViper 1st July 2021 at 12:09 am

      Too many to say because I’m a music journalist so I’ll mention a few others Bobby George, Eric Bristow, Phil Cool, Jasper Carrott , Jimmy Carr, but this guy tops it because he absolutely ripped me to shreds when I went to see him at his club The Embassy at the point of me getting up to go to the ladies , I was a salad dodging chubster back then, ‘ If you’re not back out in 5 minutes I’ll send a wynch in for ya fat c…!’ Ha ha absolutely ace Mr Bernard Manning

    • Donaldb8842 1st July 2021 at 11:39 am

      I once spent an evening with Fish from Marlion.
      He had two pretty women with him and I was with my wife.
      My wife webnt to bed and I stayed up for a while.
      I was then invited up to his room and I decided my own bed was the best option!
      Did I do the right thing ! lol

      • adeliza0165 1st July 2021 at 7:44 pm

        Yes you did do the right thing, which shows you’ve got morals, standards and values – unlike them😏

        • Donaldb8842 2nd July 2021 at 8:08 am

          If I’m honest I did think about it! not for long though

        • adeliza0165 2nd July 2021 at 8:29 am

          Well, if you had gone up to bed when your wife did, you wouldn’t have been asked and you wouldn’t have had to think about it 😏 (a bit devious of them really to ask you once she had gone up to bed!).

        • Donaldb8842 2nd July 2021 at 8:32 am

          It was pretty obvious what they wanted me for. Looking back I’m glad I didn’t do it. I’d had a few drinks too!

        • adeliza0165 2nd July 2021 at 8:43 am

          Lol! Moral of story….go to bed when your wife does!😏

        • Donaldb8842 2nd July 2021 at 9:01 am

          I usually do!
          I think we all get these chances in our lives. I wonder what percentage say no? They say men are weaker but there is always a woman too?

        • adeliza0165 2nd July 2021 at 9:36 am

          I think it simply comes down to people’s morals, standards and values – some have them and others don’t. Upbringing has a lot to do with the way you perceive others and treat them. I guess it can be genetic too, like narcissism – only pleasing oneself at the expense of others! 😕

    • Lorraine1 1st July 2021 at 12:30 pm

      If anybody had spent an evening with Keith Richards, the jealousy could kill me!

    • evilgenius666 1st July 2021 at 7:17 pm

      When I was a young man, (in 1974!) my friends and I went to see a band that were playing in a small venue in Plymouth ,(the U.K. Plymouth!). After the gig, we guessed the band were relaxing in a caravan in the parking lot. One of us tapped on the window and it broke. Instead of being chased off they let us in. We sat for over an hour drinking beer around a little table while they shared their ambition to become one of the biggest bands in the world. The singer was sat next to me. He was funny, polite and kind. He was Freddie Mercury. The band was Queen.

    • holden 1st July 2021 at 8:03 pm

      really random, but i was sat beside Sheena Easton’s mum at my brother’s wedding, as she had baked the cake

    • Noel29 1st July 2021 at 9:42 pm

      Met Bob Todd once and Michael Robbins in a restaurant in Bournemouth.Michael Robbins was very nice to me.He was Olive’s husband in On the buses and was in a couple of One Foot in the Grave episodes.Met Matt and Luke Goss a few times.

    • Deleted User 1st July 2021 at 10:22 pm

      I met Henry Cooper, but the most charming person I have also met was Princess Anne, completely changed my opinion of her!

    • Eighties Girl 2nd July 2021 at 12:40 am

      Went to school with Caroline Aherne from Royle Family she was in my year !
      Met David Gahan from Depeche Mode on a night out in Manchester did a runner while he was buying me a drink😂

    • Ali-ba 2nd July 2021 at 9:48 am

      A few years back a friend of mine had a small exclusive catering company in Bagshot Surrey. I had done a bit of waitressing and bar work so when she called asking if I could fill in for a sick member of her team I was glad to. When I arrived at the venue it was Prince Edwards home at Bagshot Park, the occasion was his mums birthday. It turned out I did a good job. Over the next year or so I waited on almost all the close Royals, sadly not William and Harry😔 On a number of occasions I waited on the Queen herself at Prince Edward and Sophie’s home which was always informal and pleasant and a couple of times chatted to the Queen when she was waiting for late family members to arrive….just saying!👸

    • Winston Ingram 2nd July 2021 at 11:13 am

      Was travelling in the States many years ago. Met a guy in a diner. He was interested in my English accent. We got chatting for about 15 minutes. Turns out his name was Neil Armstrong….and yes. I did ask for, and get an autograph.

      • Reverend Nick 3rd July 2021 at 2:12 pm

        There aren’t that many people who it’s a real honour too meet – but Neil Armstrong would have been at the top of the list. Imagine being able to tell your grandkids “I shook hands with the first man on the moon.”

    • Winston Ingram 3rd July 2021 at 3:58 pm

      Been there, done that 😋

    • BridJames 4th July 2021 at 11:25 am

      Have accidentally bumped into quite a few celebrities in passing but the most amount of time with anyone famous was that spent in a library lesson when I was about 12 with my fellow classmates in the company of poet Michael Rosen.

    • GrahamT 7th July 2021 at 2:48 pm

      Phil Lynott, John Major

    • Deleted User 7th July 2021 at 7:46 pm

      Had dinner with Prince Charles and Harry Seacome. It was at The Guildhall in London with about 300 other people.
      Does that count? 😂

    • ranil 10th July 2021 at 7:36 pm

      only Bruce Willis at planet hollywood London, and he paid for all our dinners

    • Deleted User 11th July 2021 at 10:13 am

      No, but I wouldn’t mind spending the evening with Hugh Jackman!🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • Strot62 13th July 2021 at 12:30 am

      Not an evening but during one day back in the 70s Val Doonican was visiting our school for a charity event. He was very late. I said to a friend, ‘maybe his rocking chair ran out of petrol.’ I got earlobe dragged out of assembly.😄