Heil Christmas!

Kevin Walker, formerly of the Daily Express Art Desk, has been delving in his drawers only to find some compromising pictures of his department’s Christmas bash at the Connaught Rooms in Great Queen Street, London, in 1985, give or take a year or two.

Kevin told the Drone: 'There were no 'Great Queens' in attendance but a German officer's cap seemed to be doing the rounds and looked a treat on the poor waitress who put up with innuendo and lewd comments that would have officers from Operation Yewtree digging up graves and banging on doors at Dawn – funny that, because that was her name.

'The bash was organised by House of Commons messenger, Bob Brookes – him of high voice and spittle – who used valuable beer money to go out and buy us all ties that matched. Silly sod.

If the cap fits: Dave ‘Captain’ Marvin and James Sillavan

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House of Commons messenger Bob Brookes, who organised to do

Colin and Bob

Colin Parker and Bob Brookes

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Blushing Ray Cave (it didn’t take much to make Ray blush)

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Barry Keenan, Roy Nelson and Phil Leach, deputy art editor of The Sun, 

with the long-suffering waitress

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Roy Nelson draped in silly string with Phil Leach

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Bob Brookes gets in the brandies for Derek Humphries and James Sillavan

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Roy Nelson propositions the waitress as Phil Leach looks on

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Roy Nelson and a festively-adorned Phil Leach

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Fred Boyce, Dave ‘The Captain’ Marvin and Dobbie

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Roy Nelson and Phil Leach invite the waitress to try on a festive Nazi cap

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Tim Holder, Ray Cave and John Haxton read cracker jokes


Dobbie casts political correctness to the wind

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That cap again, with Dave Marvin and James Sillavan

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James, Fred and the Captain

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Colin Parker hard at work in Fleet Street before the beano

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Taking a squint: Dobbie and James

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