CAMPAIGN DIARY: Evening all - how five Leagas Shafron Davis jokers fell from grace

By MAIRI CLARK, campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 28 November 1997 12:00AM

At last, we have confirmation - those people at Leagas Shafron Davis are sick.

At last, we have confirmation - those people at Leagas Shafron

Davis are sick.



In the past, staffers have obtained the number of a public telephone box

close to their Tottenham Court Road offices and used it to embarrass

people by calling and pretending they were Virgin Radio DJs (Diary, 14

June 1996).



It’s obvious that, once again, the agency hasn’t been on a pitch-list

for a while as, last week, five staffers set about organising a

disturbance. Jane Briers, Dave Davies and Dave Cornmell were recruits to

the original joking team of Rob Jebb and Aiden Hawkes.



Jebb and Hawkes are famous for practical jokes around the agency and

came up with the phone box gag. This time they thought it would be more

fun to scare the wits out of innocent pedestrians.



An almost life-size stuffed doll was duly made (Have these people

nothing better to do? - Ed) and propped against a tenth floor window.

Davies proceeded to argue furiously with the ’man’ much to the

bemusement of onlookers.



Things moved on a stage when the now hysterical Davies threw the ’body’

out of the window, giving passers-by a view of what looked like a body

plummeting on to a shop roof.



Local police took 12 calls from worried people and subsequently lingered

in the agency’s reception for a not inconsiderable period.



There is an even more sorrowful end to the tale. On the seventh floor of

the building, a woman conducting a job interview glanced over the

shoulder of the interviewee to see the ’body’ plunge past her window.

Overcome with shock, she was sent home and we are unsure whether the

interviewee got the job - or still wants it.



This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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