Civic Banquet, Mansion house – Wednesday 13th June
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What a fantastic evening. Over 200 Members and Guests enjoyed Mansion House at its best.
As the Master said in her speech, “we were extremely grateful to the Lord Mayor for inviting his Ward Club to use his “Dining Room” – the Egyptian Hall”. All the guests arrived to the sound of background music and the HAC Honour Guard. The top table were led in by the Pipe and Drums of the HAC playing the traditional Scipio.
When we were seated the Master welcomed all the guests and hoped that they had a great evening, they did.
The evening started with Grace by the Rev John Haynes
The Menu comprised
Confit trout potted shrimp and pea pannacotta, with lemon puree, quails egg and cherry tomatoes
Rioja Blanco, Viura Verdejo, Finca Azabacje 2016
Slow Roast Beef Fillet, summer truffle cream potato with salsa verde, lemon
cream and cipollini onions
Rhanleigh, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa, 2016
Morello Cherry Parfait, Meringue verbena chocolate rock, cherry gel, griotine, micro cress
Coffee, Truffles – Croft Triple Crown Port
Toast Master Jamie Wallis
The Masters speech made reference to the Lord Mayor’s work on creating a Better and more Trusted City. She then broke with tradition and gave a small gift to our toast master Mr Jamie Wallis and congratulated the Lady Mayoress on Swimming NON stop for 5 hours (7 miles) in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal (She raised £10,000).
Two cheques were handed over, 1 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and another for the Sheriff and Recorders Fund.
Finally as a Souvenir of the Lord Mayor’s Show the Master presented The Lord Mayor with a Limited Edition Print of our float design for our entry in the Lord Mayor’s Show.
The Lord Mayor replied by thanking the “Best Ward Club in the City” for its warmth and generosity, presenting the Hon Sec (Master) with a small gift in appreciation for all her hard work over the year and a surprise gift to Peter Cave for all his work behind the scenes especially concerning 2017 Lord Mayor’s Show Float – the gift was greatly appreciated.
Over coffee we enjoyed the Post Horn Gallop being played from the floor as opposed to the Balcony – great fun. Upper Warden Mrs Sally-Anne Hill proposed the Toast to the Guests at the same time as introducing our Guest Speaker, known to many, Mr Murray Craig – the Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court who was as entertaining as always.
A couple of the Guests, who attend many such functions commented that this really was a very special evening, with a great deal of excitement and happiness.