The dinner party of their dreams...

RSVP: Local author Tony Slater with his book cover design

RSVP: Local author Tony Slater with his book cover design

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Charity book reveals preferred guests of local personalities

Marilyn Monroe, Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Elvis – these are just some of the names often bandied about when people are asked who their dream dinner guests would be.

Local author, Tony Slater, posed the question to some of Lancashire best-loved personalities and has penned a charity book with the results.

Tony’s book, R.S.V.P: By Special Invitation Only, features well-known folk saying which 10 guests they would invite to dinner, and what they would serve.

Among those featured are Masterchef presenter Greg Wallace, former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, and Georgina Cox, chief exectuive at Derian House - one charity set to benefit from the sales of the book.

And Preston’s favourite son, Sir Tom Finney, even made a contribution shortly before his death in February last year.

Tony, from Garstang, said he was “thrilled” to gain a contribution from the football legend, whose choices included serving the The Queen and Field Marshall Montgomery vegetable broth and Lancashire Hotpot.

Tony said: “This book will give hints and advice on how to throw a successful dinner party but the main thrust of the book is the contribution from celebrities from all walks of life.

“I’m over the moon at the response I have had, and especially with the lovely contribution from Sir Tom before he sadly passed away.

“Sir Tom said for dessert he would serve apple pie with custard made with fresh eggs, all swilled down with Lancashire ale.”

Tony will be financing the book with the financial backing of Edgar Wallace from Preston Plastics so that three charities – Derian House, St Catherine’s Hospice and Baby Beat – can benefit.

Georgina Cox, who would serve Barack Obama and Marie Antoinette lobster with frites and salad, said: “I’m delighted to be able to contribute to Tony’s wonderful book, and even more so that a third of the proceeds will go to Derian House.

“I chose inspirational figures from history because they are an eclectic and articulate mix, who have all made a difference in the world and would make for a very lively and colourful evening.”

Also featured are former rugby star Bill Beaumont, Childline founder Esther Rantzen and PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor.

• The book is scheduled for release this November.