Libby Purves is joined by Christine Hamilton, Tyrone O'Sullivan, Mark Cook and Elizabeth Emanuel.
CHRISTINE HAMILTON Christine Hamilton is the wife of former Tory MP Neil Hamilton. Rarely out of the news she has appeared on TV and radio from Have I Got News for You to I'm a Celebrity...Get me out of here and is the author of the books Great British Battleaxes and her autobiography For Better For Worse. In 2005 she was the ‘Face of British Sausage Week’ and has appeared with Neil in Lunch with the Hamiltons - Just Desserts! at the Edinburgh Festival for the last two years.
Tyrone O’Sullivan is Non-Executive Chairman of Tower Colliery in South Wales. A minerworker since the age of 15, he led an 8-month campaign to save Tower Colliery and the jobs of 200 miners by buying it from British Coal back in 1994. The colliery finally closed this year when it ran out of coal but over the last thirteen years it has produced a £290 million turnover. There are now plans for major regeneration of the area, creating new jobs and new homes.
Colonel Mark Cook was commander of the British contingent with the UN Protection Forces in Croatia when they came across children in an abandoned children’s home in Lipik. He pledged to rebuild that home, returning after leaving the army to fulfil that pledge. He set up the charity Hope and Homes for Children which is now in its 15th year, which helps children in Central and Eastern Europe and in Africa. He appears in a new book Inspire: Courageous People of Our Time by Oliver Chittenden.
ELIZABETH EMANUEL Elizabeth Emanuel is the dress designer, famous for designing the world’s most famous wedding dress. After the Royal wedding the phone would ring with enquiries from Elizabeth Taylor and Ivana Trump and her dresses soared to £5000. However, her marriage ended, she lost the right to use her name on her designs and suffered some bad business relationships. She survives however, now has a new name, The Art of Being, and has recently designed wedding dresses for BHS and clothes for the X Factor.
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