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.