CHRISTMAS DIARY: Tis the season for PROs to be out and about...

There has been a noticeable dearth of major Christmas parties this year. Belt-tightening has left agency and in-house teams treating themselves to a modest dinner out rather than blasting away thousands on champagne and canapes.

Notable exceptions include the return of Grant Butler Coomber's bash at LVPO in Soho's Dean Street. Just around the corner on the same night was the World Wildlife Fund's do at Conran's Mezzo. Highlights included the charity's trademark panda swigging from a bottle of claret and looking a little more lively than on WWF's publicity material.

The TCG party at The Wallace Collection saw the agency's renowned ability to bring in a cast of high-profile guests undiminished. Among those benefiting from the mulled wine and mince pies largesse were Angela Rippon, Alan Wicker, Adam Faith and a raft of suits.

Meanwhile PR and marketing networking groups these-4walls and Mr Greens staged a joint Christmas party at which former teen heartthrob Chesney Hawkes was the start turn. Hawkes, pictured, played a 40-minute set before finishing with his memorable number one hit I Am the One and Only.

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