It’s all about the conversation
Who better to ask in Wellington about a very English tradition than the British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell. We asked her who was tops on her guest list at her next high tea. She made no apology for her choices, they are all great Brits.
As her first guest she chose Stephen Fry for his “witty, articulate and charming” personality.
“I hope he would be wearing the same pastel striped seersucker blazer he wore to our breakfast meeting,” Treadell says.
Her next guest would be style icon, designer Sir Paul Smith, global businessman and champion of the British creative sector.
Her final male guest, Bear Grylls, the ex-SAS and now modern adventurer.
“It would be fascinating to hear about the challenges he has faced from climbing Everest to crossing the Atlantic in an open inflatable.”
Treadell says to match the male cast she would require a couple of strong women to get the mix right.
“There are so many amazing women to choose from, but I have plumped for Joanna Lumley and Kate Adie.”
Lumley she has met before, in Islamabad, Pakistan, and admires her both as an actor and as a human rights activist who has supported causes from the Gurkhas to Tibet and Burma.
“Kate Adie is one of the most renowned and courageous journalists. Adopted as a child, growing up in Durham, she became the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent and was well known for her reports from war conflict zones.”
Treadell says her challenge would be to keep up her end of the conversation.
“I would imagine conversation won’t be dull, it will be wide ranging, rich and deep, and I would hope we would all enjoy our High Tea.”