One of the longest-running, but not necessarily best known, construction events has been held annually since 1929 - the Bovis 'Guvnors' Club dinner, which duly took place last Friday with an audience of more than 850. There were many 'guvnors' past and present in attendance, people who had done their time running jobs on site, the oldest being more than 90. A terrific atmosphere, more than £7,500 raised for the NSPCC, and a special set of Australian presents for Bovis president Sir Frank Lampl from Lend Lease (which bought Bovis two years ago) made for a memorable occasion. Best of all was a hilarious after-dinner speech by Bob 'the cat' Bevan.
As he remarked, doing this sort of speech, or stand-up comedy, is the hardest thing in show business. 'I mean, when Pavarotti waddles on stage and announces he is going to sing Nessun Dorma , he doesn't have some prat in the front row yelling 'I've heard that!''