79 The Master's Dining Out
At the end of his year, it is the tradition that the Wardens dine out the Master. The Master Elect arranged dinner at Kaspar's Seafood Bar and Grill at the Savoy Hotel. In the former River Room overlooking the Thames, the glittering mirrors, polished brass fittings and chequerboard marble floor evoked the glamour of the 1920s.
It was in this magnificant setting that Master Elect, Chris Allen, Senior Warden Elect, Charles Miller, Renter Warden Elect, Ralph Edmondson and Third Warden Elect, Roger Brookes and their partners, very kindly dined me out, two days before leaving office.
It was a wonderful evening of generous hospitally, fun conversation and laughter which exemplified the best in City Livery Companies and the Tobacco Pipe Makers in particular. I was with four of the most loyal, unfailingly supportive and entertaining Wardens for which any Master could wish. I cannot think of a better way to end my year! A heartfelt "thank you" to Chris and Mary, Charles and Camilla, Ralph and Maureen and Roger and Sally.