A helicopter carrying Dame Shirley Bassey was forced to make an unscheduled landing last night in the face of severe weather conditions.

The veteran singer was returning home after performing at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, but amid deteriorating visibility her pilot brought the helicopter down in the school field at Collingwood College in Surrey.

According to the Daily Mirror, Dame Shirley's words as she emerged from the grounded helicopter were: "We are so sorry to have bothered you. May I please use someone's toilet? And a cup of tea would go down a treat."

With the school's outside gates closed up for the weekend, caretaking staff arrived at about 20:00 BST to unlock them.

Neither the 70-year-old nor the five-strong crew were injured in the landing, with local residents giving them shelter in their homes.

After posing for photographs and talking to residents about her blockbusting performance on the Pyramid stage on the final night of Glastonbury, a limousine arrived to take the star to the nearby plush Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa.

25/06/2007 14:13:24