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Bass Camp was a Womble

Another piece of history to add to Diary&#39s occasional series of things you thought you knew but either didn&#39t know in the first place but just thought you did or have forgotten because someone told you at 2am after the Money Marketing awards.

Lucian Camp, doyen of financial services advertising was once the bass player with the Wombles, the 1970s fur-covered beat combo, which had hits such as Remember you&#39re a Womble and the soundtrack to the popular series – you know the one – Underground, overground, wombling free, the Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we…

The Diary is saddened to hear that this did not involve Camp, who is chairman of advertising agency CCHM, having to wear a costume – surely a candidate for Tomsk if ever there was one, although perhaps his creative temperament lends itself to being Orinoco – but it meant playing the bass guitar backstage or in an orchestra pit while the costumed Wombles – almost all girls under those suits, by the way – pretended to pay instruments on stage.

Camp, kindly spoke at the Money Marketing Top 100 Summit at the Selsdon Park Hotel near Croydon on the marketing challenge facing IFAs. But we are unable to confirm reports that Lucian was spotted boarding the Croydon to Wimbledon tram service, presumably on the way back to the burrow and Madame Choulet&#39s cooking.

On another summit note, the Selsdon Park Hotel features on guides to the UK&#39s most haunted inns. And we are sorry to inform Andrew Marshall from LEBC group that he was in the most haunted room in the haunted hotel. The Diary would like to assure Mr Marshall that the organisers had no idea the room was haunted beforehand or the editor, always ready to sacrifice himself for IFAs, would have stayed in the room instead. Sorry Andrew, we hope you had a good night&#39s sleep.

But the most spooky events happened in the bar, as ever. Nick Cann, of the Institute of Financial Planning, got stuck in a eerie temporal distortion which saw him say goodnight to his fellow delegates having a sociable half or two after the dinner but reappearing mysteriously Groundhog Day-style at least three times.

And a final note to Gareth Fatchett of ProAct Legal guilty of the most cynical attempt to make money at the conference. No Gareth, we will not pay for exclusive pictures of your wedding. And if you are tempted to take the pictures to Hello, OK or Private Eye – all bitter rivals of the Diary – remember the damage done to Anthea Turner&#39s career after such a stunt.


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