DIARY: Railtrack’s corporate supremo Dewhurst signs up Oasis frontman

While those partying the PR Week Awards away last week found themselves sharing the Grosvenor Hotel with a galaxy of soap stars attending the National Television Awards (see below), delegates at the IPR conference in Birmingham two days later went one better, rubbing shoulders with Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.

While those partying the PR Week Awards away last week found

themselves sharing the Grosvenor Hotel with a galaxy of soap stars

attending the National Television Awards (see below), delegates at the

IPR conference in Birmingham two days later went one better, rubbing

shoulders with Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.



The old men of Brit Rock were in town to help celebrate Birmingham band

Ocean Colour Scene’s tenth birthday party at the Hyatt, the main IPR

conference hotel (for squares, the Scene provide the theme tune for TFI

Friday.)



Meanwhile, IPR president Philip Dewhurst has been letting his hair down

a little since announcing his departure from Railtrack, and was

particularly in the mood to party after the excitement of a civic

reception hosted by the mayor of Birmingham to welcome the institute to

the city.



On returning to the hotel, however, he found his way blocked by a number

of heavies. But after announcing loudly that he was president of the

IPR, the security goons, perhaps mistaking him for top dog at

International Popular Recordings, handed him a pass to the party.



’They must have thought I was the dad of one of the band,’ says Dewhurst

modestly.



He secured autographs from Gallagher, Weller and the band, which he

assures me are now safely in the possession of his daughter, Grace.



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