Diary: Tylee's two decades has adland's elite out in force

There are few certainties in the life of a Campaign journalist: accounts shift like sand, agencies launch, blossom and fold ... even editors eventually change. But surrounded by these choppy waters, two absolutes remain: the Wednesday deadlines and John Tylee. Three, if you include his briefcase and its mysterious contents.

Most readers wouldn't recognise John if they passed him in the street, but they'll know his name. His byline has been adorning some of Campaign's best stories and biggest scoops for 20 years now and, to celebrate this implausible achievement, the kind people at Publicis threw a bash at the Groucho Club, 20 years to the day from when he started pecking at his keyboard in his "unique" typing style.

Braving tributes from the Publicis chief executive, Grant Duncan, and the former Campaign editor and current Haymarket editorial director, Dominic Mills (not to mention heckling from his wife of 26 years, Carmel), Tylee addressed a crowd including Nick Hurrell, Peter Mead, Cilla Snowball, John Banks, Tim Lindsay, Rupert Howell, Gerry Moira and the former Campaign editors Stefano Hatfield, Mark Jones and Chrissie Barker, as well as the incumbent, Claire Beale, and proved he's just as adept at the spoken word as he is tickling up front-page splashes. Diary salutes him.

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