Monday, 22 February 2010
2nd February Stationers' dinner for Masters and Clerks
Dinner in the Court Room at Stationers' Hall, with Adele. (I hadn't realised how much of the Clerk's time goes towards arranging and accompanying the Master on these invitations.) Wonderful to see how one of the older companies does it: very traditional, very hospitable. I was warmly hosted by our Senior Warden, Jim Surguy's, brother in law, Ian Locks and by the Clerk to the Merchant Taylors, Rear Admiral Harris. Full-blooded singing of the Grace, Laudi Spirituali. As one of very few women present, I was nervous about drawing attention to myself, so sang at tenor pitch and no-one noticed. (Note to self - hope the Marketors' singing is up to scratch for the Lord Mayor's Banquet in July.) Gracious tribute by the Master Stationer, Richard Brewster, to retiring Clerk, Colonel Denzil Sharp.