Our Annual Banquet is the highlight of the Company’s year and by kind permission of the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, it was once again held in the magnificent Mansion House, London, after having to miss a year in 2020 due to Covid-19. This year on Thursday 7th October, it was our pleasure to welcome Alderman Dr Sir Andrew Parmley and Lady Wendy Parmley representing the Lord Mayor who was in Dubai together with our guest speaker, Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England and Professor of Renal Medicine at University College London.
The Banquet is usually one of the first events in the Shrivel year and so we were pleased to also greet, as our guests, Sheriff Alderman Alison Gowman and Sheriff Nicholas Lyons together with their consorts. Other guests included a number of Masters from other Livery Company’s including the Master Painter Stainer whose Hall is our home in the City. We were also pleased to welcome Flight Lieutenants Jenny Boyd and Alex Toogood representing 27 Squadron RAF, Flight Lieutenant Justin Muir of 1349 (Woking) Air Training Corps, and Commodore Rob Bellfield RN representing HMS Puncher, organisations with whom we are pleased to be associated.
As is our custom, during the evening the Lord Mayor and the Master presented the Horners’ Award for Design and Innovation in Plastics and the Horners Bottlemaking Award. These well-deserved awards reward excellence and are much appreciated by the recipients. The Master then presented a cheque for £30,527 to Mrs Ann Grant, Chair of Serious Trust, his Masters Charity for 2020.
The London Banqueting Ensemble entertained us with music throughout the evening. After an excellent meal, the ceremony of the Loving Cup took place with a Covid Safe difference! Instead of taking a sip of mulled wine from the cup, a Ferrero Rocher chocolate was taken from it instead! Then came the various toasts, and entertaining speeches rounded off with the post horn gallop where the two trumpeters from the London Banqueting Ensemble compete to out play each other. A most enjoyable evening was had by all.
Photographs of the banquet can be viewed in the Gallery