DIARY: Leedex denies setting up Mrs Merton to make a right show of herself

It was there for all to see. ‘Billy (sic) Wyman’s Sticky Fingers restaurant is due to open its doors to the public mid-November and is sure to prove a hit,’ said Leedex Manchester’s press release.

It was there for all to see. ‘Billy (sic) Wyman’s Sticky Fingers

restaurant is due to open its doors to the public mid-November and is

sure to prove a hit,’ said Leedex Manchester’s press release.



Indeed the opening - or rather the tussle between Caroline Aherne, aka

satirical chat show host Mrs Merton, her estranged husband Peter Hook

and their respective partners - was such a hit it made the front pages

of the Daily Mirror, the Sun, the Daily Express and the Daily Mail.



Rob Brown, managing director at Leedex Manchester, is aghast at the

‘outrageous suggestion’ that the bundle was a stunt, or that the agency

had connived at bringing the warring ‘Mertons’ together.



‘Caroline Aherne was invited very early on,’ he insists. ‘Peter Hook

called us the Friday before the opening to ask for an invitation and we

discussed the propriety of sending him one. However, we understand he

came as the guest of someone else.’



Brown, who points out that Wyman was not involved, adds: ‘As befits a

rock’n’roll restaurant, it was certainly a rock’n’roll moment.’



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