Organisers of the inaugural British DIY awards last night shrugged off the length of time taken to complete the ceremony. ‘It’s the finish that counts,’ said one, ‘and at the end of the day do you want it done quick, or do you want it done right?’
Although the ceremony began with great enthusiasm many months ago, it was soon behind schedule as participants drifted off to start and then abandon a number of other projects. The problems began when host Tommy Walsh mislaid the envelope containing the nominees after putting it down within easy reach. ‘But I just had it,’ he insisted. ‘I wish people wouldn’t move my things.’
In a spectacular finale, Walsh returned to present the award for Britain’s best DIY-er as the self-assembly stage collapsed amid claims from the organisers that the stunt was ‘planned’ and ‘part of the original design’. Organisers promise that next year’s event will be more ambitious, though they admitted that the job had been trickier than they’d imagined and hadn’t turned out quite how they’d hoped.