Two of many memories:
War Graves Tour
I arranged with Colonel John Richardson (hon. Freeman) and the Royal British Legion a weekend to visit the 1st World War Graves.
25 members along with their wives arranged to meet at St. Paul’s Cathedral to board a luxury coach for our journey. One of the group was Sir Robert Cork, a former London Mayor, by chance it was his birthday and to celebrate and get us off to a great start, he bought along a dozen bottles of Champagne.
The tour was very moving, John Richardson did many of these trips for veterans and families and was an excellent guide. Some of the members traced relatives who had fallen in the conflict and found names on monuments and in some instances graves.
The main highlight for me was the laying of a wreath on behalf of our Company at the Menin Gate, there was a contingent of Irish school children one of whom read a poem and the sound of the last post was very moving.
I was fortunate to be Master during the period 1999/2000 this allowing us to arrange a Millennium Celebratory Dinner, this was held at an Italian Restaurant with music and dancing.
The ticket price included all drinks until the kitty was spent, we managed to spend the kitty by 10.30 p.m! The evening didn’t stop then though, we managed to carry on until 1.30 a.m. and everyone left having had a wonderful evening.