Maureen and I were delighted to attend the Carpenters' Company Livery Spring Dinner tonight as guests of the Master Carpenter, Lord Flight of Worcester. The venue was the magnificent Carpenters' Hall and it was another fabulous formal White Tie occasion.

On arrival we were made aware that the Master had dispensed with the welcome line and Loving Cup in view of the Covid-19 virus, however it was lovely to be greeted with a glass or two of Bollinger Special Cuvée whilst mingling with the other Masters and guests, all looking resplendent in their White Tie outfits.

We were called in to dine at 7:30 pm and the Master and his guests were welcomed in by a fanfare by the Bugles and The Rifles by kind permission of the Colonel Commandant.

We dined on Mackerel and Seabass Terrine, followed by Spiced Grilled Oysters and Crab Bisque, and for the main course we had Rack of New Season Lamb or a White Fish option. Dessert consisted of an Iced Cointreau Soufflé with Dark Chocolate Florentine. All accompanied by magnificent wines and a wonderful Madeira, Henriques & Henriques Malvasia (15 years old).

Following the Loyal and Civic Toasts, the Master welcomed the Guests and a response was given by the Principal Guest, Sir William Castell LVO.

The evening ended with a programme of music by the wonderful Bass Singer, James Platt, accompanied by Pianist, Michael Pugh.

A glass of Baron de Sigognac Bas Armagnac (10 years old) ended another wonderful evening.