Diary: Putting on the Ritz

Most people make do with a cake to celebrate their birthday - or the odd bucket of lager - but if you're a 100 year-old hospitality icon, with a name immortalised in song as being the bee's knees, then you'd better put on your top hat, put on your tails and commission your chocolatier to create a miniature version of yourself. This 60-kilo model, lovingly constructed by Elliotts of Oxford, is on display at The Ritz for three months in a display case - air-conditioned, hopefully - in the restaurant entrance, after which it will be auctioned with proceeds going to Gt Ormond St Hospital. Either that, or it'll be melted down for snack.

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