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