IT’S the ultimate dream date – lunch with George Clooney at a secret location.
Heather McGowan, 32, will join the A-list star when he visits the Capital tomorrow after winning a charity competition.
Wedding planner Ms McGowan said she was shocked to discover she had won the competition organised by deals and events site itison to raise funds for charitable sandwich shop chain Social Bite and the humanitarian organisation co-founded by Clooney, Not On Our Watch.
“I’m a big George Clooney fan and love the Oceans films so I’m absolutely delighted, and still a bit in shock, to have won itison’s competition,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to hearing about his involvement in Social Bite and the work of his charity, Not On Our Watch.
“And being in the wedding business, I’m also really interested to find out how involved he was in planning his wedding to Amal Alamuddin.”
I’m absolutely delighted, and still a bit in shock, to have won the competition”HEATHER McGOWAN
Excitement is mounting across the Capital ahead of the actor’s visit, during which he will deliver the keynote address at the Scottish Business Awards tomorrow night.
Clooney accepted an invitation from Josh Littlejohn, the owner of Social Bite, which helps the homeless by allowing customers to pay for food and drink on their behalf.
Nina Coussins, who works in a city centre shop, said she was desperate to catch a glimpse of the star.
She said: “I bought loads of tickets to try and win the lunch with him, but unfortunately I was unsuccessful. I certainly hope I can catch a glimpse tomorrow, and hopefully he will be with his glamorous wife.”
Ocean’s Eleven star Clooney is expected to jet into Edinburgh Airport today before being whisked to one of the Capital’s five-star hotels. Ms McGowan, from Glasgow, is being put up at the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian Hotel ahead of her one-to-one lunch with the star after he visits one of the city’s two Social Bite shops tomorrow morning.
Clooney will then arrive at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Morrison Street tomorrow night, when a 2000-strong crowd is expected to hear him deliver the keynote speech.
Marshall Dallas, chief executive of the EICC, said: “Everyone I speak to is calling it ‘the hottest ticket in town’ and every detail has been meticulously planned, with security being of the utmost importance.”
Meanwhile, cafe boss David Taylor, the owner of The Elephant House, is hoping Clooney, star of a coffee advert, will pop in for a quick brew.
He said: “If he comes here, unfortunately we can’t provide him with a Nespresso, but we can give him the best espresso he’s ever had.”