Association of Independent Tobacco Specialists Luncheon

Wednesday 19th June 2013

Lunch in the Long Room at Lords is always a treat, but especially when the principal guest is footballing legend, Sir Geoff Hurst. I was there to present the Retailer of the Year Trophy for the best display in specialist tobacconists. There were many high quality displays to choose from and the choice was tricky, but I was well guided by Past Master Roger Merton, who, together with Mike Adams and Peter Jenkinson, organised an excellent event with a record turnout with over 200 attending and over £8,000 raised for the Livery Company's Benevolent Fund (Welfare Fund). Sir Geoff gave a fascinating speech with many football anecdotes and, of course, the story of "that goal". He was very good company and very generous with autographs - I have one! An excellent event - long may it last!