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Modest gifts for world leaders at 'austerity' summit

world Updated: Mar 28, 2009 21:32 IST

As the British Prime Minister prepares to play host to the key G20 summit in London next week, Gordon Brown plans to present modest gifts to the world leaders, anxious not to appear lavish amid the worst economic crisis in decades.

The British premier’s goodie bag for his guests, who will include Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will contain a men's tie, a candle, some chocolate and a tea towel, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The Labour leader and his wife Sarah Brown will present the gifts, which will showcase British creativity, at a Downing Street dinner on Wednesday evening on the eve of the G20 conference.

According to the report in the British daily, the tie will be a design from one of three renowned British tailors Ozwald Boateng, Richard James, Timothy Everest. The tea towel is made by world renowned Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen while Kelly Hoppen will design the candles. The chocolates are sourced from Rococo Chocolates.

Media reports indicated that the meals for the leaders are set to be frugal by the standards of G20 summits as Brown is anxious not to appear to be throwing lavish and costly hospitality in times of global downturn.

An unprecedented alliance of 150 groups, including unions, charities, environmental campaigners, development and faith organisations, plan to disrupt the summit that takes place against the backdrop of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.