Wednesday, 13 March 2013
The Worshipful Company of Insurers at Insurance Hall, Aldermanbury Monday 11th March Modern Livery Companies Dinner
It might have been very cold outside but there was certainly a warm welcome from the Master Insurer, Rick Hudson, for the Master and Senior Warden of the Marketors. This was the first of the two annual dinners that will be held by the Modern Livery Companies in 2013 and this Spring it was the task of the Insurers to organise. I was reminded that a year ago it had been was the turn of the Marketors to host the dinner and I had to fulfil the duty of presiding while John, our Immediate Past Master was in hospital.
The Worshipful Company of Insurers has the good fortune to use the home of their own Chartered Institute and, while not a Livery Hall, it is located in a prestigious City location very close to the Guildhall.
The dinner was excellent and the company of so many other Masters added to the interest as we all get to know each other, particularly those whose installation closely matches mine in January. We discussed our forthcoming visit with the Lord Mayor to Ironbridge in June.
Sheriff Nigel Pullman was an extremely entertaining speaker. He regaled us with details of what he wears in his official capacity and how he needed to obtain ‘hold up’ black tights to wear to ensure not too close a fit! Apparently he had been ably assisted by a member of Marks and Spencer staff, no doubt bemused, at the Marble Arch store who made sure he had the right size. Sadly Nigel discovered that the elastic, by all accounts, does not really work and, as he was speaking he was a trifle in fear of losing the thread of his talk – or was it the tights descending?
Over a stirrup cup we continued our conversation and then it was back out to the cold – black tights or not. There was a parting speech from the Master Actuary, who will host the Autumn dinner.