Watford Football Club chairman Elton John caused more than a splash when he stayed overnight at the Savoy Hotel in London last week. he forgot he had left his bath running and it overflowed into two rooms below.

Elton began running his bath, but then spent ten minutes making a transatlantic telephone call to his wife Renate who was in New York.

While he was on the telephone, his bathwater overflowed, and seeped through to the two rooms below. They were occupied by American composer Marvin Hamlisch and chat show host Michael Parkinson.

Mr Parkinson and Elton were staying at the hotel while they made a live broadcast for TV-am to celebrate Adam Faith’s 25 years in showbusiness.

A press officer at the Savoy said “not too much damage had been caused”. She added that Elton had offered to foot the bill but the cost was not yet known.

[From the Watford Observer of April 12, 1985]

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