DIARY: Silence proved golden when Royal British Legion took off first prize

Heads were sore in the PR offices of the country last Thursday morning, in the wake of this year’s PR Week Awards.

Heads were sore in the PR offices of the country last Thursday

morning, in the wake of this year’s PR Week Awards.



Comedian Mark Lamarr gamely stepped in to host the event at two days’

notice, when the originally booked compere Jonathan Ross was taken

ill.



But the reputation of Lamarr - who hosts BBC 2’s pop quiz show Never

Mind the Buzzcocks; is a regular guest on Reeves and Mortimer’s Shooting

Stars, and who is one of the brighter lights on London’s stand-up comedy

circuit - failed to impress the chairman of the awards judging panel Sir

Bernard Ingham, who asked blankly ’Who is he?’ as the bequiffed one took

the stage.



The actual handing out of the awards was accompanied by the usual

whooping and squealing from all parties concerned (loudest tables being

Boots and British Airways), but particular mention must go to Charles

Lewis of the Royal British Legion Communications Division.



The Legion’s campaign to restore the two minute silence on 11 November

took off the prize for Campaign of the Year and, after picking up the

gong, Lewis proceeded to complete a lap of honour on stage, to

tumultuous applause. His antics manage to stun a bemused Lamarr into a

different kind of silence altogether.



Celebratory drinks failed to seriously affect Lewis’ faculties, however,

and he was spotted in the early hours of the morning still clutching his

two awards (the Legion also won the award for Best Charity or

Non-Commercial Campaign) with all the gentle protectiveness of a mother

tiger.



- If anyone mistakenly picked up a burgundy Panasonic camera on the

night of the Awards, please call Susan Goss-Clements on 0113 2440265.



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