Perry Simmonds - 27 Oct 2011

The scary Vikings launch at OGGS on Hallowe’en!

On Hallowe’en 2011, I was the One Great George Street contact for an event being run by Lansons Communications, a City based PR agency for the launch of a new cost efficient Pension Provider into the UK Market called NOW: Pensions, supported by ATP, Denmark’s leading pensions provider.
It was by pure coincidence that the planned event date coincided with Hallowe’en. This inspired the client to mark the occasion with some suitable additions without overshadowing the main reason for the event. It was fortunate that the client’s corporate colour was green which of course is an excellent colour to work with. To add some festive spirit and with help from our on-site Audio Visual team, we up-lit half of the pillars in our Great Hall in a matching green and added a gobo of the client’s logo, projected onto one of the walls.

now pensions viking boat

As guests entered the Great Hall they walked past a moving gobo of NOW: Pensions and once inside, were impressed with the three huge pumpkins that our Executive Chef, David Wilkinson had carved. The largest had an original weight of 212lb and this biggest pumpkin ever seen by many members of the OGGS team was transformed into a Viking boat of which the sail featured the client logo. The other two pumpkins were carved into scary faces one of which was wearing a Viking helmet with the NOW: Pensions logo discreetly and cleverly carved into it. David is brilliant at vegetable carvings and it was good to see his skills were in client demand this year too. Here are some pre and post carving photos of the Ghoul face pumpkin.

uncarved pumpkinghouls faced pumpkin
On top of pumpkin carving, our talented Chef and his team naturally also had some hungry guests that were served a range of delicious hot and cold canapes washed down with a selection of drinks from our extensive list and of couse, being a Danish company, bottles of ‘probably the best beer in the world’ were also made available.
canapés at one great George streetDavid Wilkinson head chef with viking boat

The atmosphere of the post-presentation drinks reception was further enhanced by some fantastic sounds provided by a specialist DJ. The soft background jazz and bossanova sounds really added something to the event.
It was great fun to work with the client to theme their event, dress our magnificent Great Hall so scarily impressive (excuse the pun, couldn’t resist) and show off what a great venue we are for large themed events. Another successful event and happy OGGS customer but I must get on as it is by far the busiest time of the year for myself and my team.

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