4 AITS Tobacco Trade Lunch at Lord's Cricket Ground
The 50th anniversary lunch of the Association of Independent Tobacco Specialists and Tobacco Trade was held at Lord's Cricket Ground. As usual it had been organised by "The Gang of Three" including Past Master Roger Merton. The guest speaker was Karren Brady, a former managing director of Birmingham City Football Club and currently chairman of West Ham United. As Master, I was very pleased to present the Retailer of the Year Trophy, which we sponsor, to the winner - the Cuban Cigar Club in Newcastle. The proceedings ended with an auction which raise a significant sum in support of the Welfare Fund of the Benevolent Fund.