We had an agency meeting last night to catch up on various announcements. Above: Head of Planning Paul Colman congratulates Dude of the Month Guy Featherstone, who was recognised for services to Design and Craft above and beyond the normal call of excellence.
(Guy is taking all this very seriously and turned up at the office today in the Jacket of Honour. He gets it.)
Back to last night, we said good bye to a couple of agency stalwarts: creative directors Chris 'Impossible Dream' Groom and Stuart 'Write the Future' Harkness. Between them they've been responsible for some of our very finest work. Which means they've done some of the best work in the world. They are part of the fabric of this place. Chris has been here 13 years and Stuart has a Wieden + Kennedy tattoo on his leg. We are gutted that they're leaving but we're delighted about where they're going. They're leaving London but they're not leaving Wieden + Kennedy: both will be taking up CD positions at our Portland office.
Chris smashed the leaving speech: he made us laugh, he made us cry.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe."
He was a very hard act for Stu to follow. But the big fella had prepared a few words.
Following the emotional scenes there was a send-off of epic proportions.
During which, in the bottom left of the pic below, you can see another of our departing stars: talent manager Rory Hill, who is leaving us for W+K New York.
Here's Rory from last night again, introducing crowd-surfing to the saloon bar environment.
Lovely boys. We'll miss them.