Dame Shirley Bassey brings out the diamonds for Style Awards

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Dame Shirley Bassey bursts into song Picture: JUSTINGOFF/GOFFPHOTOS.COM

LEGENDARY singer Dame Shirley Bassey received a standing ovation when she gave an impromptu performance at this weekend’s inaugural Jersey Style Awards, at which dozens of Jersey businesses, organisations and individuals were recognised for shaping Island life.

Dame Shirley, who flew in to the Island on board a private jet packed with celebrities, had taken to the stage to accept her induction into the Style Hall of Fame when she broke into the performance of Diamonds Are Forever.

She then told the audience of around 250 people at the Royal Jersey Showground: ‘I am no stranger to Jersey. I was here when I was a younger version of myself so it was great. Thank you Jersey Style Awards for inviting me back.’ She also thanked Tessa Hartmann and her husband, Sascha, who had organised the event.

Other celebrities who attended the awards night, which was held in association with jewellers Chopard, included rapper Professor Green, who gave a surprise performance, designer Julien Macdonald, who was named Womenswear Designer of the Year, and male supermodel Jacey Elthalion, who collected the award for Style Icon of the Year.

Islander Sir David Kirch, who has given away £100 million to charity over the years and is best known for giving local pensioners vouchers at Christmas, was honoured as Philanthropist of the Year.

Eleven local businesses across tourism, culture, arts and retail also won awards, with numerous others shortlisted in the various categories.

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Comments for: "Dame Shirley Bassey brings out the diamonds for Style Awards"

SaintAnn

I would be very interested to see who attended this event and actually paid. Seems to me that it was the tax payer who stumped up a hefty chunk and what for? All I have seen about this event in the media is all to do with the organiser's "talented" daughter. I thought that the organisers of this event were promising to "put Jersey on the world stage"? A fantasy load of old tosh article in the Daily Mail about how their daughter "travelled to Jersey by private jet" is hardly what I would call putting us on the world stage. On the plus side, reading the comments of the article has really opened ones eyes to possible reasons that these people had for moving over here - Contempt and loathing being the general feeling of most of the commentators.

Since when do the States of Jersey fork out money for a night on the tiles and a knees up by a bunch of the over privileged? I am absolutely disgusted by the States for funding this event when there are so many genuine causes and areas in need of funds - We must keep our eyes on this one.

Finding Me:Mo

Saint Ann, you must be mistaken ,I remember Assistant Ministet Norton saying very clearly that this ceremony would 'make Jersey an Brand leader'. It probably used 50% of output aircraft registry ( 1 aircraft still!) that he is responsible for. At least he gave his compère fee to charity didn't he?

SaintAnn

Don't even get me started on that debacle !