After the success of the inaugural event last year, the British Club is hosting a second instalment of Best of British, featuring nine days of celebrations, with special guests, laughs, prizes, dinners and more. We spoke with the Club’s General Manager Sean Boyle about the return of this now-annual affair.
Give us a bit of background to the event.
The Best of British was first held in 2013 as part of the Club’s 30th anniversary celebration, and to bring the best of British sport, culture, food, art, sport and entertainment to the members. Having enjoyed much success and received glowing compliments on the celebrations from both guests and sponsors, we decided right after the celebrations to make it an annual highlight at the Club.
Which aspects of last year’s Best of British are you hoping to replicate?
I’m delighted to say that all the activities during BOB 2013 provided both members and non-members with lots of memorable moments. The highlight for me, personally, was the Best of British Grand Finale & Show at the Shangri-La Hotel – it had a 007 theme; it certainly couldn’t get any more British than that! All the guests were great sports and came dressed in theme. Liverpool entertainers Pete Price and Pauline Daniels took centre stage, followed by an enjoyable Bond-themed fashion show featuring models in top British designer-wear. We managed to raise $60,000 for our two nominated charities through live and silent auctions.
There are loads of events and special guests on the programme. Was it difficult to organise?
The planning for BOB 2014 began almost immediately after last year’s celebrations concluded in June. Thanks to the experience we gained while planning for the inaugural event, my team and I were much more prepared and aware of what had to be done and could be improved for 2014. The celebrations could not have happened without the support of our Diamond Sponsors, the British Club team as well as our external partners such as Expat Living!
British comedy is justly famous; did you make a conscious decision to include a number of comedians in the line-up?
Definitely. British comedians in the line-up were one of the “must-haves” on our list. Last year’s sold-out event just endorsed that for us.
Football is on the bill again. For those who might be unfamiliar with Liverpool footballing history, tell us about Jan Molby.
Jan Molby is a Liverpool FC legend. He played from 1984 to 1996, and still holds the record for the most penalty kicks in Anfield history. A former Danish international with 33 caps, Jan was the first foreigner to spend a decade with an English club. He also played for Ajax, Barnsley and Norwich City, and was the player manager for Swansea City before a brief spell as manager for Hull FC. Jan is currently a regular football pundit for Radio5 Live and a TV commentator for Danish TV3, and he regularly plays in professional events. Jan Molby is truly now a scouser!
Are the events for Brits only, or for members of The British Club only?
The Best of British celebrations are open to non-members and all nationalities. Anyone is welcome to sign up for any of the activities!
Join the Club
The British Club is holding a special Open House on Sunday 8 June, for anyone who wishes to tour the Club. Also, as part of the Best of British celebrations and to mark the Club’s 31st anniversary, there will be a special offer for the first 31 new members who join in June.
Sean Boyle leads us through the highlights of this year’s programme…
- Pete Price, whose hilarious brand of comedy provided us with much laughter last year, will be back this year as our Master of Ceremonies – he is the face of the Best of British.
- At the Opening Gala Dinner on Friday 6 June, we will have celebrity chef Ed Baines bringing us his expert culinary experience.
- On 7 June, I’m delighted to be working with Icon Gallery again for an evening of British art and music, featuring artworks by Horace Panter, who will be present for the evening, and sculptures by Emma Rodgers.
- For the ladies, we have a Ladies Luncheon with a master class by Chef Ed Baines and a fashion show by designers to the stars, Philip Armstrong and Tony Burke for label Philip Armstrong.
- Following that, we have a night for the gentlemen only, supported by Courts, where there will be an opportunity to get up close and personal with Liverpool legend, Jan Molby. Courts will also be presenting the Courts’ 40th Prize Bingo at the Club, generously sponsoring fabulous prizes for the evening.
- Alongside Pete Price, we have multi-award-winning comedian Mark Maier, and Mike Gunn, one of the UK’s top stand-up comedians, providing comic relief at the Best of British Comedy Night on Friday, 13 June.
- Rounding up the celebrations on Saturday, 14 June, the Grand Finale & Show will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel at Marina, with the theme this year being “Rule Britannia!”