Who's that girl? Pop superstar visits school
MADONNA has pledged that her flying visit to Sevenoaks on Friday will not be the last.
The queen of pop flew into the town and made a guest appearance at Lawnfest, the open air concert at the New School at West Heath.
Her visit was arranged by Camilla Fayed, the daughter of Mohammed Al Fayed who sponsors the school, which teaches traumatised children.
And in an exclusive interview with the Chronicle, Madonna revealed her delight at being in the town.
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"I think the school is doing a fantastic job and doing such wonderful work with the children," she said. "The reaction from people here shows what a wonderful place this is."
Madonna was besieged by autograph hunters on her arrival, but was ushered in to a private marquee opposite the stage.
She spoke to principal Christina Wells for 15 minutes to find out about the school's work.
Then on stage in front of 1,500 revellers she said: "Mrs Wells is an amazing human being.
"I'm really thrilled to be here, I think the school is an amazing place.
"I thank Mohammed and his daughter Camilla for their support and encourage anyone out there to continue to help support the school because I think they do marvellous things for children."
Mrs Wells added: "When I spoke to Madonna, I spent 15 minutes explaining what we did and gave her some individual circumstances and background.
"She spoke very knowledgeably and compared our work to what she is doing in Malawi.
"She spoke quite personally about her children and how she couldn't bring them to an event like this because it is too much for them.
"She said her charity work enriches her so much more than performing and adopting two little ones was the most wonderful thing she had ever done.
"But she has said she would like to come back to the school and spend more time here so I am writing to her to thank her for coming on Friday and we will see what happens.
"When I was told Madonna was coming, I didn't totally expect it and it was a strange evening."
A staggering £2,000 worth of tickets were sold on the door, as news of Madonna's visit seeped out from Thursday.
The event raised more than £20,000 – double last year's event. It will pay for a year's bursary for one child.