The IPR faced a double setback over the bank holiday weekend
earlier this month.
Staff returning to work after their break found the power was cut after
their London headquarters was hit by lightning. Crucial services such as
telephone, fax and data processing went down during the storm which has
caused chaos across the country.
Eerily, just as her HQ was being electrocuted, IPR head of marketing and
PR Ann Mealor was kicked by a horse at her parents’ farm.
Mealor, a keen horserider, was injured coaxing the horse into its
transport box when the lightning struck. The animal kicked her in the
chest and face. With a broken jaw, she does not expect to be back at
work until next week.
Facilities other than e-mail and access to databases have been restored
at the IPR office. However, director General Colin Farrington’s recent
efforts to switch to a paperless office have been put back by several
’We realised we couldn’t operate without having paper records,’ he
’We had to go round and actually talk to each other instead of sending
e-mails,’ he adds.