Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch – Guildhall – Thursday 6th April 2017

Once again the Fruiterers supported the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch, an annual event held to raise funds for ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity (formerly the Army Benevolent Fund).

All the produce on the wonderful displays was donated by those that erected and staffed their own stalls free of any charge:

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Fruit Baskets provided by New Spitalfields Market

 

Liveryman Peter Thomas and his daughter Vicky with their magnificent display

Liveryman Peter Thomas and his daughter Vikki with their magnificent display

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Strawberries from Rodanto

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A selection from Tiptree’s extensive list of products.

 

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Belazu extra virgin olive oil and other Mediterranean products from their range.

all ably supported by “market girls” from Liveryman Sue Handy’s School of Dancing

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the red carpet waits for the VIPs,

The red carpet waits for the VIPs….

The Hall awaits the arrival of the dinners

.. the Hall awaits the arrival of the diners …

While the Lord Mayor waits for the guest of honour

..while the Lord Mayor waits for the guest of honour – 

HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York

HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York

His Royal Highness was amused to discover that Liveryman Sue Handy had taught his two daughters at her School

HRH discusses dancing classes while the Master looks on!

HRH discusses dancing classes while the Master looks on!

HRH then moved on to examine Liveryman Peter Thomas’s display

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and, finally, Liveryman Chris Newenham explains Tiptree’s latest offerings, fruit gins

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HRH then departed leaving others to enjoy their lunch!

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The guard of Honour was formed by The Light Cavalry of the Honorary Artillery Company

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The serious business of eliciting donations from the diners as they left the Hall then began. As soon as the final figure that the Fruiterers passed to ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity is confirmed it will be announced on this website.

Nothing would have been possible without the generosity of New Spitalfields Market, Rodanto, Peter Thomas, Tiptree and Belazu. Not to say the persuasive skills of the “Market Girls” who managed to conjure donations from the most unlikely of people in exchange for strawberries and fruit baskets! They were supported in their efforts by Past Masters, the Upper Warden, Liverymen, an Apprentice, the Honorary Fruit Porter, wives and others too numerous to mention.

Special mention should be made of Past Master Peter Cooper who once again masterminded the whole event on our behalf, many thanks, Peter.

Our Honorary Fruit Porter Jim Huddart and Freeman Elliot Porter

Our Honorary Fruit Porter Jim Huddart and Apprentice Elliot Porter

The Tiptree team

The Tiptree team, l to r: Simon Dungworth, Craig Saunders & Liveryman Chris Newenham. Lynda O’Donnell was also helping but wasn’t there for the photo opportunity!

The Belazu "team"

Bob Curbishley of Belazu