Sunday, 31 July 2011

A Great Event

Our Mansion House Banquet with the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, the Sheriffs and their partners is always a memorable affair. From the entrance up the stairs through the St Dunstans cadets' carpet guard to the final drinks and farewells it was truly a GREAT event.

I was delighted at a ceremonial court before the dinner to admit Diane Morris as a new court Assistant. I also clothed in the Livery Richard Christou, Jo Edwards and Christopher Lenton, as well as admitting as new Freemen Anne Curtis, Andrew Robinson, Peter Rosenvinge, Michael Smeeth, Brain Smith, Andrew Ward and Jonathan Williams. Finally I was very pleased to to present the Marketors' Award to Captain Giles Phillips for outstanding leadership within the St Dunstans CCF.

At dinner the Lord Mayor was in fine form, humorous and serious by turns keeping everyone fully engaged. The brass band played the post horn gallop magnificently and to rapturous applause. Good company, good speeches, good food and wine in a stunning environment ensured that this year's Banquet fully lived up to past triumphs and current expectations.

As we enter August and the holiday period your Blogger will rest awhile but return refreshed in a few weeks time. Meanwhile I wish you all a very happy holiday period.

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