Staunch Liverpool FC supporter and Chester businessman Adam Dandy concedes he was ‘over the moon’ at meeting football legend David Beckham – even if he did play for the ‘wrong side’.
Adam, owner of Dandy’s Topsoil, Sealand Road, was invited to the VIP launch of Manchester's new-look Living Room venue where whisky brand Haig Club has a dedicated area.
Becks is a brand ambassador for the famous single malt but Adam had no idea the former Manchester United and England midfielder would be present when he accepted the invitation from Cruise nightclub and Luke’s Eating House in Chester, which also features a private Haig Club dining room.
Adam, whose firm created a garden at the rear of Gin Rickey’s/Luke’s Eating House, said: “It was an amazing night. When they said 'Do you want to come?', I said ‘Great’, but I didn’t realise David Beckham would be there!”
He later wrote on Facebook: “He might have played for the ‘wrong side :)’ but to be fair what an absolute legend, such a nice lad.”
Adam, a huge Liverpool fan, who lives in Backford, joked: “Well, he played for England, didn’t he? As a patriotic Englishman, I support him. What a nice guy – a really, really great guy, mild-mannered. You would expect somebody with global fame would be slightly diva-ish, slightly arrogant, but he’s a gentleman.”
Adam, who had chat and a selfie with Beckham, said his wife Claire and 10-year-old son Lewis were ‘jealous’ although not so much his five-year-old daughter Lauren. The cavalcade of blacked-out Range Rovers that brought Beckham to the door was like nothing he had ever seen before.
The businessman has gained prominence locally by leading a campaign to expose the remainder of the amphitheatre and for setting up Chester Share Shop in Northgate Street in support of homeless people and refugees everywhere.
But Monday evening was purely a social occasion and Adam, who wasn’t driving, was able to sample the new single grain Scotch whisky Haig Club Clubman being promoted on the night.
Adam also shot mobile phone footage of Becks fixing a drink and answering questions from the audience, which he has kindly allowed The Chronicle to use. The night was hosted by TV presenter Angela Scanlon and global whisky master Ewan Gunn.
He thanked Cruise and Luke’s Eating House for the invitation, saying the Chester Haig Club was ‘a nice set-up’ where he had held staff parties in the past with chef Luke Thomas, whose name is above the door, personally cooking for the group.