DIARY: EVENING OUT WITH ... AMS - Jeremy Lee soaks up the Red Bull and champagne

7pm The City Meet Granada sales manager John Ahern and CIA manager Dicky Ball for a couple of pints in a pub in Liverpool Street station.

7pm The City Meet Granada sales manager John Ahern and CIA manager

Dicky Ball for a couple of pints in a pub in Liverpool Street

station.



They’re quite well oiled, having been at the cricket all day. Feeling

conspicuous because we’re over 18, not drinking champagne, not on

six-figure salaries and don’t live with our mums in Essex, we go to the

AMS party.



7.30pm Gibson Hall, EC1 The theme of the party is silver, reflecting the

agency’s 25th anniversary. AMS broadcast manager Steve ’Silver Fox’

Jenkins generously went grey some years ago, presumably in anticipation

of the event. Carlton’s Leon Barnett and Bill Miller are puzzled by the

string quartet, which includes three students, one of whom is heavily

pregnant.



7.45pm I scare off a Sky salesman by revealing my job. Apparently the

salesman ’only talks about work between 9am and 6pm’. What is he doing

here then?



8pm Herded into the ballroom by an ’entertainer’ - presumably another

student. AMS media director Frank Lyons is chewing the fat with fellow

director Paul Phelps. Glad to see AMS’ clients have supported the event

-Red Bull and Piper-Heidseick abound. For some reason, Ahern is

disappointed Rizla aren’t handing out goodies. And hold on - where are

the Golden Drummers?



8.30pm AMS’s diminutive managing director John Evans starts his speech

to shouts of ’stand up’.



9.30pm A band begins to play. AMS manager Collette Shanahan, a Dubliner,

leads the dancing. A stumbling fat bloke with wine stains on his shirt

then clears the dancefloor.



10pm GMTV salesman Simon Kershaw cracks a distasteful joke about dancing

girls. Ahern stumbles up the stairs carrying two balloons. It’s time to

leave.



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