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.’