72 The Merchant Venturers' Spring Banquet at Merchants' Hall, Bristol

Friday 15th May 2015

An invitation from the Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers to their Spring Banquet in the Merchants' Hall in Bristol is a highlight in the year of each Master. The magnificant hall is the backdrop for the generous hospitality of this "Livery Without". which I enjoyed along with the Masters of the Drapers, Merchant Taylors, Haberdashers, Ironmongers, Vintners and Information Technologists and the Upper Bailiff of the Weavers. We were wonderfully wined and dined amongst stimulating and fun company.

The response to the toast of "The Guests" was given by Sir John Beddington, who was the Chief Scientist advising the last three Prime Ministers, who gave an amusing and thought provoking speech.

A most enjoyable evening!