Annual Banquet, Mansion House – Thursday 16th February 2017


Once again we gathered in Mansion House for our Annual Banquet.


This is always the first official event hosted by the new Master, only days after his installation on St Paul’s Day.

l to r: Upper Warden - John Warner. The Upper Master - Dennis Surgeon and The Renter Warden - Cheryl Roux

l to r: Upper Warden – John Warner. The Master – Dennis Surgeon and The Renter Warden – Cheryl Roux

Musical entertainment was provided throughout by The Militaire Orchestra ending, in accordance with tradition, with the Post Horn Gallop, with horns played at either end of the Egyptian Hall by Roy Bilham and Terence Kallend, competitive to the end!


After a splendid meal the Master proposed the toast to the Lord Mayor, the City of London Corporation and the Sheriffs. Unfortunately the Lord Mayor was on overseas duty but he was ably represented by former Lord Mayor Alderman Sir David Wootton who responded to this toast.

Next Past Master Will Sibley had the unenviable task of proposing the toast to the numerous official guests – not an easy exercise with so many distinguished guests wanting to attend our Banquet – a tribute to the hospitality for which the Fruiterers are rightly famous.

The response was given by the Solicitor General, The Rt. Hon. Mr Robert Buckland QC., MP who was thoughtful and entertaining in turns.

Finally the toast to the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers was given by our Clerk, Lt. Col. Philip Brown – “Root and Branch” appeared to be in fine health as we all departed after another splendid Banquet.