DIARY: First 2am party almost flattened by Dubya trip

Around 3,800 mobilised police officers, 250 US Secret Service agents, 15 sniffer dogs, 800 mushroom smoothies and a lobster mountain.

Yes, the production company 2am Films' first party in its 13-year history was in full swing. But it very nearly didn't happen. Its managing director, Amanda Martin, had chosen the Whitehall venue where George W Bush had delivered an address the same day.

His presence prevented the organisers from preparing the venue the evening before. Or an hour before. As the Bush entourage left in a flurry of armoured limos, the party van swooped, ready to unload.

However, 2am didn't figure on being greeted by 12 wagons containing the Met's finest. Surrounded, ten minutes before opening, it seemed the party was truly pooped.

With a cool head, one of 2am's producers burst out of the doors and told the officers: "I'll sleep with the lot of you if you give us ten minutes to unload."

Incredibly this "offer" worked and the party was saved and the corks were popped. Perhaps Tony Blair would be more considerate next time he invites his friends over.


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