Last week’s IPR Awards ceremony seemed to go off fairly
Jennie Bond, BBC Royal correspondent and the compere for the evening
amused the audience with her appraisal of the Palace press office,
including Simon Lewis who was present, and her numerous flatulence
A moment of real drama was provided by Rowland UK CEO Beverley Kaye.
She prefaced her ’And the winner is ...’ presentation of the City and
Financial Award by making rather cryptic references to the future of
Using the analogy of a soap opera, Kaye told a slightly mystified
audience ’the season has come to an end. But the good news is we’ll be
More drama arrived in the unlikely guise of the Industry and Commerce
Award. It was given to the Communications Group for its campaign on
behalf of client Ballast Wiltshier. Such was the excitement of account
director Melanie Dias that on throwing her arms up in triumph, the
shoestring strap on her dress snapped.
A slightly sheepish Dias admits it wasn’t her greatest moment, but
commendably, she went up on stage to collect her award nonetheless. She
is even able to say ’you’ve got to laugh’, although she also asks
worriedly if we have any photographs.
Don’t worry Melanie, we promise to use the pictures with taste and
discretion ... and perhaps a few Christmas cards.