The PR industry’s cricketing die-hards were out in force last Wednesday
evening for the annual Lord Taverners Eve of Test dinner.
Among the publicerati there to pay their respects to the venerable
Yorkshireman Dickie Bird, who was due to umpire his final test the
following day, were Peter Gummer, David Wynne-Morgan, Anthony Wreford,
John Fingleton, James Maxwell, and Roddy Dewe.
Bird proved to be a hugely entertaining speaker and was given a standing
He was followed by the deputy governor of the Bank of England, Howard
Davies, who, as a Lancashireman, indulged in plenty of gratuitous
Yorkshire baiting in return.
He also showed a nice line in irreverence towards his table companion,
Chancellor of the Exchequer Ken Clarke, with tales of his ‘ringside seat
at the Ken and Eddie show’ every month.
‘Sadly, Eddie couldn’t be here this evening,’ continued Davies. ‘He’s at
home sticking pins in an effigy of Ken.’
Spurred on by the guffaws from the crowd Davies went on to tell them not
to worry because in a couple of years it will be the Gordon and Eddie
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