Cartoonists play sardines at Eye party

Bloghorn’s roving correspondent Martin Honeysett reports on Private Eye’s 50th birthday party.

The magazine’s Golden Jubilee was celebrated in the ornate splendour of the Guildhall in the City of London on Wednesday evening.

Editors, staff, contributors, media celebrities, friends, hacks and cartoonists gathered together, then gathered together some more, like sardines, to hear speeches by the Eye’s three editors, Christopher Booker, Richard Ingrams and Ian Hislop.

Bloghorn: Private Eye 50th Birthday Party Christopher Booker, Ian Hislop, Richard Ingrams © Martin Honeysett
Bloghorn cartoon - Private Eye 50th party © Martin Honeysett

Introduced by a fanfare of trumpets, each told the story of the magazine, with numerous anecdotes and jokes, from its humble beginnings to the present day. John Sessions, in the guise of Sir Henry Gusset, and Harry Enfield also made voluble contributions. The cake was cut, mingling recommenced, and the band struck up. A few couples headed for the floor, others to the door. A good night for a good birthday.

Ed adds: You can read more about the 50th celebrations for Private Eye here and here and you could also slum it and read Media Monkey, as provided by The Guardian.

Here’s to the next 50 years.

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