February 28, 2010 19:00 ET

Swinton Unveils Homeowners Fantasy Dinner Guest

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2010) - UK homeowners would most like to sit down to dinner with Michael Jackson, according to a poll by Swinton.

A survey by the UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance of 1,200 online customers revealed that 31% chose the recently deceased Thriller star as their favourite fantasy dinner guest.

X Factor Judge Cheryl Cole came second (19%) while funny man Peter Kay came third (12%).

Eccentric US singer Lady Gaga featured fourth (11%) on the list, while football legend George Best came fifth (9%).

Other fantasy dinner guests who scored highly but did not quite make the top five included Simon Cowell and Gordon Brown.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager for Swinton said, "Dinner parties are becoming a lot more popular as people continue to entertain at home. Homeowners should be extra vigilant however when inviting people into their homes especially if alcohol is concerned. Claiming for damage to items following drunken mishaps can cause contents insurance premiums to rise steeply, result in loss of no claims bonuses and most policies will have an excess to pay."

About Swinton

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates.

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