More than 400 journalists came together in the magnificent splendor of the Royal Courts of Justice hall for the 2013 London Press Club Ball.
Television presenter Kate Silverton and radio personality Nick Ferrari helped the audience that included editors, journalists and media agencies and supporters raise more than £30,000 for the Journalists’ Charity.
X-factor runner up Ella Henderson was the star singing performer giving an exclusive preview of three songs to appear on a forthcoming album.
Broadcaster and journalist Ferrari was the spirited fast-talking auctioneer as the star auction item – a year’s driving of the pollution-free British-built (Sunderland) hatchback – went under the hammer for £3,000. And it was bought by the former head of Ferrari in the UK, Wentworth-based businessman and consultant Massimo Fedeli, whose usual stock in trade is gas-guzzling supercars.
Unlike Ferraris which top £100,000 and have supercar performance figures, the top of the range LEAF – which would cost £26,000 to buy in the showroom – accelerates from rest to 62mph in 11.5 seconds, has a top speed of 90mph and a range on full charge of up to 124 miles.
To loud applause Nick Ferrari took the opportunity to have a dig at the legal profession and the enemies of free speech in the Leveson era. “There are more journalists under arrest in Britain than there are in Iran,” he said.
Photos of the event are available here.