Hotel where Profumo met Keeler 'marketing luxury breaks based on sex scandal'

Published: Monday, May 3, 2010, 18:36 [IST]

London, May 3 (ANI): Late British politician John Profumo's sex scandal with Christine Keeler is being used as a marketing ploy by the hotel in which they allegedly met.

The couple reportedly met at Cliveden, Bucks, which was then the country home of the Astor family in 1961.

The country house is now being run as a hotel and is offering Profumo Affair breaks at 500 pounds a time. The first is in July the 49th anniversary of their meeting.

They include lectures on the affair which led to the resignation of Profumo as Secretary of State for War over his relationship with Keeler, a mistress of a Russian spy, and followed soon afterwards by the resignation of Harold Macmillan.

A tour will include the locations of the notorious political scandal including the Thames-side cottage where osteopath Stephen Ward lived and which was the venue of the couples illicit meetings.

Hotel guests will also be able to use Cliveden's swimming pool, where Profumo first saw Keeler swimming naked, during their stay.

Expert Rupert Gavin, whose stage play 'A Model Girl' based on the affair was performed on the London stage three years ago, will be hosting the breaks.

"We will tell the tale of all the fascinating characters involved politicians, Russian spies, MI5, society beauties, drug dealers, aristocracy and call girls," the Telegraph quoted a spokesperson for Cliveden as saying.

"Most importantly, we will uncover the remaining mysteries that still live on and puzzle commentators.

"We will put forward some of the most fascinating revelations about what probably took place and seek to explain why the authorities even today are scared of the truth coming out," the pokesperson added. (ANI)

 

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