DIARY: Fallon's party queue rivals the NHS's finest

Good times at agency parties don't often start in the boardroom, although all too often they end up there. However, a large number of London's creative aristocracy found themselves lining up to get into Fallon's boardroom to celebrate the agency's second anniversary recently.

The Fallon crew had transformed the room into a surgery, with mask-clad 'doctors' administering emergency absinthe and tequila shots to the 500-strong crowd, which included Chris Powell, the chairman of BMP DDB, Mark Wnek, the executive creative director of Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper, and the directors Chris Palmer and Ringan Ledwidge.

Someone who ended up being sorely missed was Paul Simons, the group chairman of Ogilvy. Outsmarted by his protegees, the Fallon founders, Robert Senior and Michael Wall, Simons failed to read the invitation properly. The invitation took the form of a door hanger with the date of the party (30 November) on one side and 'Please do not disturb on 1 December' on the other. Seven hundred other people seemed to understand it.

The party was a great success but things could have turned out rather differently if the wind had blown the impressive flickering torch at the entrance closer to the gas pipe that sat unnoticed nearby. Then the evening might really have gone with a bang.





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