The Lord Mayor’s Platinum Jubilee Big Curry Lunch - Guildhall

Thursday 7th April 2022

This was the fifteenth iteration of the Big Curry Lunch – an event that raises funds of the three main armed forces’ charities- The RAF Benevolent Fund, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. So far they have raised over £2.5 million for these great causes and have in recent years focussed on supporting the Pain Management Programme at the King Edward VII Hospital, and LifeWorks – a charity that runs courses to help veterans prepare for employment outside of the military. The Clerk and I attended on behalf of the Company and the Benevolent Fund, who have supported the Big Curry Lunch for many years. We heard first hand from a representative from LifeWorks of one of their clients who had fallen on hard times after leaving the forces, but who now had a successful career with BAT. We were joined by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who provided some Royal glamour, by the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers, and by loads and loads of supporters, who formed a (very long) queue for lunch, which was (unsurprisingly) curry. A few Livery Companies had stalls selling their wares – the Clerk returned home with some socks from the Framework Knitters.