Friday, 20 July 2012

A Day for Celebrations


The first celebration was of the life of Neil Crighton, a Liveryman of the Company. This delightful service took place in the morning at All Hallows by the Tower and was led by our own the Venerable David Meara. Tributes came from friends in the Speakers Club, the West Farley Sports Club and the Marketors for whom Middle Warden Roddy Mullin spoke. There was also an extract from the article Neil wrote when he learnt of his illness. In all a most uplifting event ably led by Joan, his wife.

The next celebration was the Marketors Banquet at the Mansion House. I was advised that of all the Marketors Great Events this is the one that makes the most impact on a Masters year. They were not wrong. This was a truly memorable occasion which was attended by almost 200 people. Amongst our guests was the Lady Mayoress of the City of London, Liz Wootton whose residence it is, together with the Sheriff Alderman Alan Yarrow who was also the speaker. Interestingly he congratulated me for the most painful pun of the year which was "Then there is our relation with the financial sector, but I would not want to LIBOR that point".

A Ceremonial Court and a reception preceded the event with the music provided throughout by Dragonfly, a group of travelling Tudor player who perfectly reflected the Shakespearean theme. There was also the London Banqueting Ensemble who, amongst other things, brought a new level of excellence and excitement to, what became, a competitive Post Horn Gallop. It was also a delight to see so many friends clearly enjoying this Great Event in these amazing surroundings. A truly memorable occasion. 

John Flynn
Master Marketor.  

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