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American pop legend Neil Sedaka drops in for lunch at Kendal pub
AMERICAN chart-topper Neil Sedaka was a hit with staff when he dropped in for lunch at a Kendal pub.
The 74-year-old singer - famous for records Calendar Girl and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - requested mushy peas and carrots to go with his ham, egg and chips at the White Hart, off Highgate.
Landlady Helen Chorley and barmaid Kerry Beastall spent more than an hour chatting to the international star on Tuesday.
Helen said: “He thought mushy peas were very British! He didn’t want to leave and said he wished he could have stayed for the day.
“He was very friendly and so down to earth. There were no airs and graces, he was just a lovely, lovely person. He didn’t talk about himself a lot.
“He had a little walk around the town and said he loved it. He said the reason he was attracted to the pub was all the England flags outside in the yard because he loved English people as they has been so good to him in his career.
“He was very generous, he bought us both a drink and left a £10 donation for charity.”
The New Yorker has sold millions of records in a career which has spanned more than five decades.
He is currently on a 10-gig tour of the UK and stopped off in Kendal on his way between shows in Scotland and Manchester.
But he left his scarf in the pub, so Helen has been in email contact with his management and offered to send it on - along with a White Hart T-Shirt at his request.