Dinner with the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers

Thursday 3rd March 2016

I was at Saddlers Hall last week as the guest of the Master of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers. A lovely evening in a lovely hall, one we have used on a number of occasions. Party Ingredients excelled themselves with the food and drink and the champagne for the reception was excellent as befits the choice of the Master, Colin Evans, who was at one time in the champagne trade. I was sitting between a lady past Master of the Company and the newest court member and opposite was a young Liveryman who was celebrating his first wedding anniversary. That made me feel very old as our 50th anniversary is coming up fast next September. As a change from sung entertainment an actor in full costume recited the St Crispin's Day speech from Henry Vth as a tribute to the recent anniversary of the battle of Agincourt. He did it very well as he walked up and down the sprigs. I rather hoped the Company would provide a cab to take us all home but that was clearly a step too far and it was the metropolitan line for me, once again. If there was such a thing as Tube Miles I would have free travel for life after this year