Private Eye 50th Anniversary: Guildhall - Publish and be damned!

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      3 EDITORS PAST AND PRESENT
      300 HACK AND SATIRISTS
      0 LAW SUITS

It was destined to be an evening of debate and animated conversation when London’s hacks and satirists, including Ian Hislop and all of Private Eye’s past editors, gathered in the splendour of London’s Guildhall for the iconic magazine’s 50th Anniversary Party. 

Two giant Lord Gnomes graced the stage, a huge anniversary banner stretched across the balcony and a specially manufactured speech bubble placed in front of a statue of Wellington appropriately proclaimed “publish and be damned!” As the assembled guests supped on champagne, cardboard cut-out figures of politicians and celebrities that had been satirised in past issues kept a watchful eye on proceedings. A trumpet fanfare announced the editor’s speech and a special birthday edition cake, baked by Jane Asher, was cut by Ian Hislop following his address. The animated conversation then turned to dancing as guests boogied down to the music of the Pete Long Band.