CAMPAIGN DIARY: HHCL party was pretty in pink as ex-staffers show off in new ’jobs’

While HHCL & Partners’ parties are normally themed to the hilt, its mission statement for the Campaign agency of the decade celebration appeared to be one of practising conspicuous consumption. And wear pink.

While HHCL & Partners’ parties are normally themed to the hilt, its

mission statement for the Campaign agency of the decade celebration

appeared to be one of practising conspicuous consumption. And wear

pink.



The decadence was apparent on first entering the pink feather-bedecked

Porchester Hall. Guests were greeted by a pair of marvellous

transvestites, firmly outdoing all the women in the gorgeous long legs

stakes.



No-one was quite sure why these two particular trannies were

specifically selected, but agency director Jon Leach did have rather a

coy look about him when he entered the hall.



Fuelled by reunions with the former staffers who had been tracked down

and who dutifully attended, along with vast quantities of champagne, the

raucous guests displayed a wanton lack of respect for chairman Rupert

Howell as he attempted to deliver a keynote speech, which ended up with

him waving his arms around and screeching ’shut up!’ like a frazzled

headmaster.



Apart from Howell’s excruciating dancing, a highlight of the evening was

the ’short’ film put together by the agency to celebrate its staffers,

past and present. Amid the standard ramblings of those trying to work

out exactly what it was that they had been doing at the agency for the

past few years, was a series of highly informative ’where are they

now?’-type mini-documentaries featuring high-profile ex-staffers -

though not in the guises with which we are familiar.



Graham Bednash and George Michaelides were the first up as a pair of

frighteningly convincing white van men driving around the streets of

London doing the old Nescafe hand-gesture to other motorists. Bednash

discussed life as the boss of his own painting and decorating business,

peppered with expletives and smug recollections of ripping Howell off

’good an’ proper’ as he decorated his house in varying shades of

eggshell.



Others who gamely sent themselves up included Dave Bonaguidi emptying

the sani-bins in the ladies’ lav, resplendent in a pair of yellow

Marigolds; a slightly uncomfortable-looking Misha Alexander showcasing

his cossack dancing outside a cafe across the road from the agency;

Trevor Robinson sporting a huge afro and working in a corner shop and

the gamest of all, Ann Harris (looking like the lovechild of Pat Butcher

and Lord Bell) in Speakers Corner, bellowing to all who’d listen just

how great HHCL was.



The pink theme didn’t quite run throughout the whole evening, although

one Campaign reporter was treated to the sight of a blushing Howell

plucking at his trouser waistband and peeking beneath to see if he had

remembered to wear his special pink pants.



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