Cock-up Club goes public!

Another fine mess to celebrate

Whether getting stuck up Everest or down an alley in a tank, the members of the Cock-Up Club believe that failure can be glorious. Their club dinner is tomorrow: prepare for breaking glass

Until now, it has been a secret society, shadowy and on the margins. Which is perhaps understandable. Its leading lights include the man who climbed Everest “and fell off”, the major who captured a flock of sheep instead of the IRA, and the explorer who went into the jungle with 24 bottles of wine, but forgot the food.

Now, though, the Cock-Up Club is opening its doors to the admiring gaze of the public. On the eve of the club’s first dinner of 2007, its co-founder, Anthony Willoughby, 56, has offered The Sunday Telegraph the first look into the group’s history, members and “achievements”.

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