Scene & Erred: Weber Shandwick parties like it's 1974

Current and former members of the Weber Shandwick clan enjoyed the London agency's 40th birthday celebrations in the spring sunshine on the roof of the National Theatre last night.

Colin Byrne (second left) with former bosses (l-r) Lord McNally, Lord Mandelson and Lord Chadlington
Colin Byrne (second left) with former bosses (l-r) Lord McNally, Lord Mandelson and Lord Chadlington

Agency chief Colin Byrne invited fellow dapper gent Lord Chadlington, who founded Shandwick in 1974 and now helms Huntsworth, to tell today’s Weberites about the old days.

Sadly there were no bell-bottoms in sight among their fellow guests, who included Byrne’s former boss Lord Mandelson and Shandwick alumni such as Simon Lewis, the chief executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe.

Chadlington recounted how Shandwick turned down tobacco business worth three times its annual revenue, though Lewis remembered the agency being a haze of cigar smoke in the 1980s and consequently murder on his dry cleaning bills.

Nary a Cafe Crème was seen last night, though S&E suspects Weber’s raffish corporate chief Nick Stravs breaks them out for the big client wins.

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... kudos to Weber's John Bowen and Nafisa Nathani for being photobombed by the Prince of Darkness.

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