Stars shine on night of celebration

15 September 2011

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15 September 2011 | Angeline Albert

There were more stars on show at last night’s CIPS SM Awards extravaganza than just the teams and individuals lucky enough to scoop the evening’s prizes.

In the Grosvenor House Hotel’s Great Room, CIPS vice president David Smith and his band, the Front Covers, belted out classic rock tunes, helping buyers commit murder on the dance floor into the early hours. Some said we can now add ‘rock god’ to his myriad of titles, including chair of the Awards judges, commercial director at the Department for Work and Pensions and Deputy CPO of the Efficiency and Reform Group.

Another star was Bafta-nominated actor, comedian and writer Miranda Hart, who took up the comedy baton this year from a long line of male comics who have hosted the ceremony. She quipped that she had only agreed to present this year’s prizes after hearing the audience would be 70 per cent middle-aged men, which she could have a crack at wooing.

Hart even shamelessly flirted with the man providing the voiceover, forcing him to announce he was a married man. Reminding the audience they were not live on television, she told them not to pull any “fake jolly faces” if they missed out on an award, urging: “Losers, let’s see a few strops.” She went further, adding: “I challenge anyone to throw a glass of wine at your opponent’s face.”

Music from the past was the soundtrack to the night, played when winners collected their gongs, with Spandau Ballet’s Gold appropriately used for the victorious Olympic Delivery Authority and Here Come the Girls for the two women who picked up both individual awards.

Procurement’s stars were all out last night and all seemed to be having some fun, regardless of whether or not they got an award.

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