Care Awards 2000 ­ Awards atmosphere was electric


Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A power cut at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel did little to dampen the enthusiasm of 500 guests gathered there for the Care Awards 2000 Gala Night. Just as guests were about to tuck into the main course of supreme chicken filled with goat¹s cheese and wild mushrooms, a fire on the Edgware Road outside cut all electricity to the hotel, which was plunged into darkness apart from emergency lighting. “The guests were brilliant,” said Dr Richard Hawkins, editor-in-chief of Caring Times, whose vocal cords were severely strained by his efforts to keep everyone informed. “As soon as they realised that the electric ovens, the microphones and video systems were out, they caught the Dunkirk spirit, gathered round Nicholas Parsons, the host for the evening, and the awards went ahead with the help of a loudhailer. “We were very grateful to all our sponsors, finalists and winners. They stayed very calm, rose to the occasion, and did all and more than was requested of them. Nicholas Parsons proved what a true profession





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