Lord Mayor's Dinner, Mansion House
We expected to be impressed by this occasion, but in the event it proved even more outstanding than Maureen and I dared hope.
From the moment we entered Mansion House, and climbed the stairs to the Library, passing the Pike men in full regalia and fully armed (not loaded I was assured!) to the moment, in the line out, of the presentation to the Lord and Lady Mayor, the sense that one was at a unique occasion did not leave us.
A packed drinks reception, and a chance to meet the many friends we have already made amongst Masters and Prime Wardens of the other Liveries, was followed as usual by the call to dinner in the magnificent Egyptian Hall.
We had been given a seating plan, but still to see the Hall laid out with no less than nine splines emanating from the top table, in all seating nearly 400 diners all in white tie, was truly breathtaking.
A lovely meal, with interesting company, and enlivened with music from the Salon Orchestra of the Honourable Artillery Company Band, just completed a very special occasion, that it was an absolute privilege to attend.
Just got our fingers crossed now that it might be possible to get a picture or two!!