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1 November 2005

Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Celebrity Auction at Europe’s Largest Ever Veggie Event

Europe’s largest ever vegetarian lifestyle event, Viva!’s The Incredible Veggie Show, comes to Wembley Conference Centre on Saturday, November 12 from 10.00am to 5.30pmViva!, the animal campaign group and organisers, will be holding a celebrity auction to raise funds for its work against farmed animal cruelty, at the Show.  Unique items from stars such as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Joanna Lumley, Twiggy, Hayley Mills and many more, will be up for grabs on the day.

Hosting the auction will be TV presenter Wendy Turner Webster. She says, “Congratulations Viva! for bringing your fun, upbeat The Incredible Veggie Show to the capital. It’s the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of healthier, cruelty-free, environment-saving, people-protecting vegetarian living!”.

The auction takes place in Severn Suite, Area 2, between
1-1.50pm. Items for auction are as follows:


·         Paul McCartney: On Stage, Off Stage and Backstage, signed book.

·         Heather Mills McCartney: Viva!Life, signed (featuring an interview with Heather).

·         The Rolling Stones: Sucking in the Seventies, framed album, signed by Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.

·         Ben Kingsley: Gandhi framed DVD, signed by the star.

·         Alicia Silverstone: 1997 MTV Movie Awards bomber jacket, signed.

·         Benjamin Zephaniah: Refugee Boy, signed novel; Talking Turkeys, signed collection of poems; Face, signed novel; Photo, signed and Viva!LIFE, signed (auction together).

·         Chrissie Hynde: Pretenders Loose in LA, DVD and Photo, both signed.

·         Hayley Mills: Tiger Bay, 2 signed DVDs; Whistle Down the Wind, 2 signed DVDs; Viva!LIFE Winter 2000 issue, with interview, signed on cover.

·         Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove: Set of 4 DVD episodes of Judge John Deed (Episode 2 signed by actors Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove and Episode 4 signed by writer producer, Gordon Newman; the other two are without signatures). Plus, signed Veggie Health by Jenny Seagrove.

·         Jeremy Cunningham (the bass player for The Levellers): The War Against Terror, original cartoon (set of 4), signed; Levellers t-shirt, signed; Viva!LIFE Spring 2001, signed.

·         Joanna Lumley: No Room for Secrets, signed autobiography (3 available); Viva!LIFE Spring 2001, signed (featuring an interview with Joanna).

·         Twiggy: Twiggy in Black and White, signed autobiography; Midnight Blue, signed CD; Photo, signed; Viva!LIFE, signed.

·         Dame Judi Dench: All’s Well That Ends Well, signed programme.

·         Bridgette Bardot: signed poster.

Bidding can only be made on the day.  A full listing will be available from the welcome desk or from The Severn Suite at the start of the auction.

Entry to The Incredible Veggie Show will be just £2 (under 16s free) which will include a whole range of delicious free food tastings from leading veggie food manufacturers and all the advice you could ever want on changing your diet or improving your health. Advance bookers will be entered into a free prize draw to win a vegan hamper worth £150. A brilliant family day out, there will be 90 exhibitors showing everything from food and drink to clothing and footwear, cosmetics and toiletries to baby products.  Rose Elliot MBE, the queen of vegetarian cookery, will give free demonstrations; Professor Jane Plant CBE, who has beaten cancer five times, will talk about her diet for health; nutritionist Gareth Zeal will outline the basics of healthy living.

Viva! is an international animal campaign group with its HQ in Bristol and offices in the USA and Poland. It carries out undercover investigations to expose animal abuse and its successes include the dumping of all ‘exotic’ meats such as kangaroo and crocodile by UK supermarkets, ending the debeaking of UK ducks, slashing the export of Polish ‘meat’ horses to the EU and persuading a US supermarket chain to entirely rewrite its animal welfare codes. Viva!’s most recent success was to expose the cruelty at a Marks & Spencer duck supplier.  The store dropped all factory-farmed whole ducks as a result and the supplier went bust.

The Incredible Veggie Show is sponsored by Beanie’s Health Foods (Wholesale) Ltd, Plamil Foods Ltd, The Redwood Wholefood Company Ltd, Fresh & Wild, Viva! and the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation.

For further information on the auction, and the show, log on at http://www.viva.org.uk/roadshows/london_auction or contact Angie Greenaway at Viva! on 0117 944 1000.  For celebrity quotes, interviews or editorial opportunities, contact: Justin Kerswell, Tony Wardle or Juliet Gellatley also on 0117 944 1000.


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