It was money well spent for sponsors Royal & Sunalliance, and a big bonus for Biba conference organisers, having Circus Spektacky opening the day.

Male delegates certainly entered the Belfast Waterfront centre with a smile, after having been treated to the conversational delights of the rather unconventional greeters.

Most were flattered beyond belief and some were even asked for their hand in marriage – proposals that a few delegates were later overheard saying they would like to have taken up.

This lusty lady's day job is in graphic design, however, and her good taste was proved when she announced that the Insurance Times stand was the best because of our Dan Dare-style graphics.