Diary: Hill and Knowlton’s old boys and girls show that age doesn’t matter

Over 350 current and former staff of Hill and Knowlton gathered at the Roof Gardens, Derry Street last Tuesday to raise a glass of champers to celebrate the agency’s 70th birthday.

Over 350 current and former staff of Hill and Knowlton gathered at

the Roof Gardens, Derry Street last Tuesday to raise a glass of champers

to celebrate the agency’s 70th birthday.



Among the old boys and girls that gathered to compare notes at the

alumni bash were David Wynne-Morgan, Jackie Elliott, Lord McNally and

Suzanna Hammond of Hammond Communications, Square Mile director Tim

Jackaman and Financial Dynamics’ George Whelham.



Also milling among an alarming number of adolescant ’old boys and

girls’, were a number of H&K’s first employees including the now retired

Alan Campbell Johnson who first worked for the agency in 1969.



Strenuous efforts were made by the agency to track down all their former

employees, but some escaped from the net only to be caught up by chance

outside Kensington Palace.



Old girl Helena Rowe, for example, was in Kensington Gardens dropping

off flowers in remembrance of Diana, Princess of Wales, when she bumped

into UBS press officer Paddy McGregor.



Rowe, having recently moved house was unaware of the gala event but was

quickly co-opted and found herself transported back in time.



Eerie.



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