Butchers banquet is an outstanding success

Butchers banquet is an outstanding success

The spectacular surroundings of London’s Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor, was the setting for a highly successful black tie meat industry charity fund raising evening on Friday 27th February. 366 guests dined in the Egyptian Room at Mansion House in the company of the Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow and the Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers, Nick Anstee, himself a former Lord Mayor of London.

WCB Banquest at Mansion House

The Mansion House was a splendid setting for The Master of the Worshipful Company of Butcher’s Charity and Ladies Banquet.

An estimated £55,000 was raised and the profits from the evening will fund two principle beneficiaries, Teach First and Barts Charity. 2015 is the first time that the WCB has combined two of its annual grand events in bringing together the Masters annual charity dinner and the annual ladies banquet, combining both into one single evening.

Clerk to the WCB, Major General Jeff Mason MBE said: “Livery companies pride themselves in supporting deserving charities so combining the  Master’s Charity and Ladies Banquet has allowed us to demonstrate our ability to support others more needy than ourselves.  It was a great evening made even more fabulous by the amount raised of around £55,000 which is well over our initial expectations.  Thank you so much  to everyone who supported us.”

At dinner, Loch Fyne smoked salmon provided by Loch Fyne was followed by a superb sirloin of Quality Standard English beef, itself sponsored by EBLEX. An excellent Irish cheese plate sponsored by Bord Bia then preceded coffee, served together with ‘The Masters Mignardises’ mini lemon meringues and mini fruit tarts.

Music from the Royal Marines Association Brass Quintet added to the ambience of the evening and, in addition to speeches from The Master and The Lord Mayor, The Renter Assistant of the WCB Patricia Dart proposed a toast to the guests and there was a an amusing but also most informative response from Paul Drechsler, Chairman of Teach First.

In addition to sponsors EBLEX, Bord Bia and Loch Fyne Seafood, the champagne drinks reception was sponsored by Cryovac Sealed Air and an A5 souvenir publication was designed, printed and sponsored by Meat Management magazine. The brochure also attracted advertising which boosted fund raising directly on the night.

Publisher of Meat Management magazine Graham Yandell, who attended the occasion with his wife Sharon, summed up the thoughts of many guests: “This was a most memorable occasion. I think the Worshipful Company of Butchers can be truly proud of what was achieved at Mansion House and I cannot think of a better setting to celebrate our great meat industry and all it does for the UK economy. Once again we see people digging deep to support worthy causes. I shall remember this unique occasion for the rest of my life as I am sure will others and of course, the main thing is that  everyone had such a fantastic evening in the company of good friends and colleagues.”

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