The Luton Lunch was held at our customary venue, the Pavilion in Luton, just North of the “Hatters’ Quarter”. This year the Master had asked me to try to arrange a visit to a nearby hatting business before Lunch for those who wished to see hatting in progress and, thanks to the good offices of John Horn, Andrew Olney agreed to host a tour of his premises, much appreciated and enjoyed by those who took the tour.
We are all grateful to Andrew and John for this splendid start to the proceedings.
We then repaired to the Pavilion for drinks and lunch and it was a pleasure to note an attendance of forty, the largest for some time, and in particular, a number of new faces from the Livery.
Our special guest this year was the High Sheriff for Bedfordshire, Countess Erroll, resplendent in her Court costume,
including the Luton-made hat. She was accompanied by Lord Erroll, a past Upper Warden of the Fishmongers.
Our caterers provided a delicious three course meal with a main of lamb. Because of the tour I decided not to have an invited speaker. As usual we enjoyed a very convivial lunch with much laughter. The Master brought the proceedings to a close, thanking the organisers. We look forward to next year.