The Lady Taverners Tribute Lunch

This event was held on 1 Nov 2013
The Lady Taverners Tribute Lunch
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The Dorchester Hotel once again played host to one of the charity’s favourite annual events: the Lady Taverners Tribute Lunch, hosted by Judith Chalmers. At this year's lunch on 1 November, the fabulous Graham Norton was honoured for his highly successful and award-winning career. 

Guests were treated to a champagne reception and a wonderful lunch prepared by Henry Brosi, award-winning executive chef, while being entertained by a host of television stars and specially-chosen musical performances. Fiddler Adam, one of Ireland’s leading musicians, played Judith and Graham in to the Ballroom to much joy and cheer.

Sir Cliff Richard was the first to offer a tribute via a lovely video message, followed by a letter from Paul O’Grady read out by Judy. The lead actors from Once, the musical, took to the stage and performed the beautiful duet Falling Slowly before Sandi Toksvig had guests in stiches in her inimitable, mischievous style.  Lord Sugar followed with stories of his time on Graham’s show before Joan Collins, who dazzled the audience as a surprise latecomer, graced the stage with many a story to tell.

Up next was Alan Carr, whose natural warmth and humour brought a smile to everyone’s face.  Nicholas Parsons, a long-time friend of Graham’s, gave a wonderful speech before Maria McErlane, Graham’s Radio 2 co-host, finished the tributes with a truly personal testimony to her dear friend.

At the end of the lunch, Graham addressed the guests in his ever-familiar way, bringing more laughter and entertainment to the already hugely successful day. We are truly grateful he agreed to be our very special guest.

We would like to thank our auctioneer Neil Durden-Smith, who did a sterling job raising a huge amount of money for the Lady Taverners. I would also like to thank Judy and the event committee, who all worked tirelessly to make the event such a huge success.

A special note of thanks must go to our headline sponsors, Raymond & Christel Stoner, our diamond supporter, Seabourn, and our champagne sponsor, Imagine Cruising. We are extremely grateful to them all for their generous support.

This year’s Tribute Lunch raised £117,000, a record fundraising total that will go an incredibly long way to helping give children a sporting chance.

Dame Maureen Thomas

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Judith Chalmers OBE, is delighted to be paying tribute to the wonderful presenter and friend to the stars, Graham Norton, on Friday 1st November.

This flamboyant, special lunch will include a star studded line up of celebrity guests entertaining the audience with their personal stories of Graham in the beautiful Ballroom Suite at the Dorchester.

This unique event is not to be missed, therefore be quick to book your tickets as they are selling out fast.

Headline Sponsor: Raymond & Christel Stoner


Imagine Cruising

Venue: The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, W1K 1QA

Time: Champagne Reception: 11:45am Lunch: 12.30pm

Tickets: £120 members, £130 non-members

To include champagne reception, three course meal and 3/4 bottle of wine

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