DIARY: Weary guests would prefer to have skipped the Page after IPR dinner

Aficionados of black tie PR industry gatherings had a double helping last week - with both the IPR and IPRA inaugurating their presidents at formal dinners. Medals were worn.

Aficionados of black tie PR industry gatherings had a double helping

last week - with both the IPR and IPRA inaugurating their presidents at

formal dinners. Medals were worn.



By a bizarre coincidence, both bunfights were held in the august

surroundings of the Reform Club. There were a few hardened professionals

who attended both events, and conversation inevitably turned to

comparing the two.



Opinions were divided as to which had the better menu, but IPRA’s dinner

included an elegant address from the Kenyan High Commissioner and a

moving speech from the editor-in-chief of a Bosnian newspaper, who was

given the President’s Award by outgoing president Betul Mardin.



Both of them easily outshone the IPR’s star guest - Department of Trade

and Industry minister Richard Page, whose ramblings away from his

prepared text caused a few worried looks among his civil service

minders.



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