Hall of Famers join for 21st bash

Gatherings of PR folk do not come more stellar than the throng gracing PRWeek's 21st anniversary party last week at the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.

Addressing attendees from PRWeek's 'Hall of Fame' (see accompanying

supplement), Haymarket Publishing group chairman Michael Heseltine gave

a rousing speech on the importance of PR, which included fond

reminiscences of his first days on the campaign trail. In the late 1950s

it appears he was bundled off to contest a seat in one of the least

Tory-friendly constituencies in the UK - Gower, in the heart of the

South Wales mining community. However, the party neglected to give him

the back-up he would come to expect later in his career. 'My support

team consisted of a girlfriend, a dog and a Land Rover,' he

confessed.

Tree-hugging

In the case of some guests, the anecdotes began before PRWeek's party

had even started.

Travelling to the bash in a taxi with Adrian Wheeler, Diary was amused

to learn what the GCI Europe chairman has been getting up to in his

spare time: surfing the net buying trees for other PR men.

Wheeler revealed that he had snapped up 20 crabapple trees from

Tree2mydoor.com ('living gifts for lasting memories') for his pal

Christopher Broadbent, Barclay Stratton founder and current Kaizo

non-executive director.

'But why?' asked Kaizo chief Crispin Manners with raised eyebrow,

further along the back seat. 'He likes them, they're for his farm,'

replied Wheeler matter-of-factly.

No Good yet

One of the first guests to turn up was former Hill & Knowlton chief

David Wynne-Morgan, who appeared very keen to catch up with another PR

bigwig, interrupting his own anecdotes twice to ask: 'Is Tony Good here

yet?'

As we enquired from Wynne-Morgan whether he thinks son Jamie (ex-H&K and

now at M&C Saatchi Sponsorship) will one day make it into a list of PR

grandees similar to that compiled in this issue, Wynne-Morgan - ever the

PR man - was keener to show that he hasn't lost his touch,

enthusiastically talking of his ongoing work for current clients.

But he did seem to think working at PRWeek sucks the life and youth out

of its reporters, and issued an ostensibly serious warning to our newest

recruit: 'You won't look like that after you've been there a few

months.'

Recalling the morning after a most enjoyable night before, Diary must

concede he has a point.

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