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2002-Aug-17: Sir Paul Celebrates Billy Connolly's Birthday

This evening, Sir Paul and Heather attended the 60th birthday party of Billy Connolly, the Laird of Candacraig.  (You may know Mr. Connolly from his role as Queen Victoria's devoted friend in the film Mrs. Brown.)   The guest list also included The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duke and Duchess of York,  Dame Judi Dench, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Rod Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Bob Geldof, Ewan McGregor, Michael Palin and Eric Idle.

Although his birthday is not until November 24, Mr. Brown wished to celebrate in his beloved Scotland.  His 300 guests were treated to drinks on the lawn of his 17th century mansion, Candacraig, followed by a dinner of  black pudding, haggis timbales, salmon and roast guinea fowl served in a marquee draped in mock tartan.   In the spirit of the evening, even the security guards were dressed in kilts.

Sir Paul, Sir Bob Geldof and Rod Stewart highlighted the evening with their unique rendition of Happy Birthday.  It may well have been planned the previous evening at the Hilton Craigendarroch in Ballater where Sir Paul and Heather enjoyed a quiet drink with Sir Bob.
 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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