Diary: A day out with ... Regional Press Club - It’s game-on at the Hilton, Colin Grimshaw discovers

The invitation to the Regional Press Club’s Christmas Party at the Hilton reveals that aperitifs will be served from 11.30am. I have been warned.

The invitation to the Regional Press Club’s Christmas Party at the

Hilton reveals that aperitifs will be served from 11.30am. I have been

warned.



12.30pm Things start sedately with carols and an address from

Newsquest’s Sue Bebber, the RPC chairperson. Then it’s time for lunch

and the first game of the day, Reverse Bingo. We all stand and then sit

down when one of our numbers is called. The survivors cringe with

embarrassment.



2pm A David Beckham-signed shirt is auctioned for pounds 400. He

presumably couldn’t fit his name on a thong. Newsquest wins the garment

and donates it back to the Starlight Foundation.



3pm It’s the raffle draw and Regional Independent Media’s Terrie

Annocent complains that she never wins anything, oblivious that her

winning number has been called out three times.



3.45pm The festivities are all too much for Jon Clarke, who is fast

asleep at the Northcliffe table.



I head to the loo to escape the next game, Heads and Tails, leaving the

rest to choose whether they should put their hands on their heads or

their arses. Most can’t tell the difference by this stage. The rest of

the afternoon is a blur.



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