Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dame Joan Bakewell says sorry to Jamie Oliver over library campaign

Dame Joan Bakewell has said sorry to chef Jamie Oliver for “bullying” him over her campaign to save a library in a genteel London suburb.The middle classes love libraries, says Dame Joan Bakewell

Dame Joan is the patron of a community bid to take over Chalk Farm library after Camden Council said it could no longer afford to keep it open Photo: CLARA MOLDEN

The veteran broadcaster had taken Oliver to task over what she claimed was his failure to support the bid, tweeting: “Jamie Oliver’s children use Chalk Farm Library. He won’t join the appeal to save it. Shame!”
Oliver replied saying: “please get your facts straight joan I have offered loads of support”.
He accused campaigners, who are trying to raise £1.2 million to save the library in Primrose Hill of only wanting his money.
The chef tweeted in reply to one of them: “I have offered total support – you’re incorrect, they (the campaigners) have been v rude and only want cash, disgraceful.”
Oliver said he had offered signed books and free dinners as auction prizes, but this had been turned down.

Full story at The Telegraph

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