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Revealed: Mandela and Winehouse shared joke

Amy Winehouse performs at Glastonbury in 2007 Credit: Reuters

Nelson Mandela had a soft spot for London singer Amy Winehouse after a quip she made about his time in prison - former prime minister Gordon Brown has revealed.

The ex-Labour leader said the pair met at former South African president Mr Mandela's 90th birthday party, at which singer Winehouse made a joke comparing the anti-apartheid campaigner to her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.

In an interview with the Guardian's G2 magazine, Mr Brown said: "The person he (Mr Mandela) most liked was Amy Winehouse.

"She said to him: 'You and my husband have a lot in common'. "He said, 'Oh, what is that?' "She said, 'You've both spent a long time in prison'."

Mitch Winehouse: 'Amy will oversee Camden forever'

Mitch Winehouse has said he's delighted that a statue of his daughter Amy will be placed at the centre of Stables Market in Camden, saying "Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever"

The Winehouse family has part-funded the statue of Amy, which will overlook the Stables Market Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area."

– Mitch Winehouse


Amy Winehouse statue to be unveiled on her birthday

A statue celebrating the life of singer Amy Winehouse is to be given a permanent place in Camden. The specially-commissioned artwork, designed and sculpted by Scott Eaton and cast in bronze, will be unveiled on the late singer's birthday, September 14th.

Flowers laid outside Amy Winehouse's home in Camden after her death in 2011 Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

The statue will be placed at the centre of the regenerated Stables Market. It's been funded by the Winehouse family and

Amy Winehouse's statue will overlook her spiritual home of Camden Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Amy Winehouse Foundation ball

The Foundation was set up in memory of the late singer Amy Winehouse. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The third annual Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball will be held at the Dorchester Hotel tonight.

The Foundation runs a scheme called Amy's Yard, where young people referred to them by partner organisations are given professional music studio time and the help of a professional engineer to develop both music skills, plus social skills and self confidence.

Four young people from the scheme will be performing at the event to showcase their talent alongside musicians including Boy George and Paloma Faith.


Family portrait of Amy opens in Camden tomorrow

The dress Amy wore on stage at Glastonbury in 2008 Credit: ITN

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait is an original exhibition about Amy Winehouse, curated by the Jewish Museum with help from the singer's brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva.

The family have given the Jewish Museum unprecedented access to Amy's belongings, including her guitar, record collection and iconic outfits.

Hosted in the heart of Camden, where Amy used to live, this exhibition celebrates her passion for music, fashion, London and her family.

Many unseen photographs of Amy's family life will be on display, revealing her strong Jewish roots and heritage as well as her close family relationships.

A few pairs from Amy's vast shoe collection Credit: ITN

Friday night dinners and Alex's barmitzvah are captured in these images, and vintage photographs of their beloved grandmother Cynthia show what may have been the roots of Amy's distinctive style.

The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs until 15 September.

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