Some people will do anything for a free bottle of Champagne. Take
Marcus Brown, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R's suitably effervescent
new-business director, who'll stop short at nothing - including drafting
in his fellow agency bods - in order to secure the tipple.
Dressing up is strictly optional at the Sing-along-Sound of Music Friday
night event (which, we understand, Brown attends regularly). But not for
Brown or his arm-twisted colleagues. The managing partner, James Murphy,
was manhandled into a nun's habit, Kerin Purcell, the new-business
assistant, worked by candlelight to stitch her apron and head scarf,
while Joanna Tocock, an eager-to-please work placement, donned a
fetching Heidi outfit.
The piece de resistance, however, was Brown.
Knowing he had to trump his colleagues' outfits he stopped short at
Out came the fuscia lederhosen, white open-necked blouse and Tyrolean
hat. Unsurprisingly, he wiped the floor and triumphantly marched off
with the warm Champagne.
However, it took rather a lot of alcohol for Murphy to feel comfortable
in his costume and - if sources saying he woke up on the floor in the
corridor of his building are to be believed - we suspect he won't be
making a habit of it.