Bakers Company Leads Livery Northern Lunch

Using the Bakers Company model, the combined City of London Liveries have met together for the first time ever in the north of England.
The inaugural Brigantes Breakfast, the northern luncheon for City of London Liverymen, was held at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on Friday 29 May. In one fell swoop it has become what some have described as ‘an instant Livery tradition’, with next year’s already booked.
The organising team was the Late Sheriff, Past Master Actuary and staunch Lancastrian Adrian Waddingham CBE, Immediate Past Masters Charles Cowling (Actuaries) and Nick Gale (Plumbers), and our own Immediate Past Master, David Bentley. 
230 Liverymen and guests attended, from 73 Companies, including many current Masters and Past Masters. 

The Bakers had a full table, including our Upper Warden, Colin Reese QC, Liverymen Jean Grieves, Maureen Bonnano-Smith, Eric Nash and Arthur Carter, and their guests. The Toastmaster was our Beadle, Neil Fletcher.
Among the official guests were Mrs Amada Parker JP, the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Mr Richard Clowes, Trustee of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, and the Venerable Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale and Chaplain for the Day, who said Grace.  
Around 1,200 City of London Liverymen are resident in the North of England which, for this purpose, runs from Leicestershire/Staffordshire to the Scottish border. Forty one Companies have ten or more Liverymen in the area. In 2015, the North of England is home to seven Livery Masters, up from four in 2014.
Northern Liverymen, whether working or retired, can find it difficult to attend City-based Livery events regularly and can become less engaged from their Liveries. In a move to redress that situation, and with the full support of our Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow and his predecessor Dame Fiona Woolf CBE, the idea was conceived.
Following a light-hearted operatic interlude from The Three Waiters, the guests were welcomed by the Late Sheriff, who explained that a name had been required for the northern luncheon, embracing the main elements of who, what and where.

After some head-scratching, the geographical area under consideration had been found, fortuitously, to coincide with that occupied in pre-Roman times by the fearsome Brigantes tribe, and thus the Brigantes Breakfast had been born. 
The Principal Speaker was our 2011/12 Lord Mayor Alderman Sir David Wootton, who made no secret of the pride in which he holds his Bradford roots and Yorkshire generally.  
Other speakers were Nicholas Woolf, Past Master Tax Adviser and Late Lord Mayor’s Consort, and David Bentley, who presented Sir David with a cheque from the Brigantians for the Lord Mayors Charity Appeal. Everyone attending received the new synopsis of Samuel Pepys diaries of ‘The Great Fire of London’.
The 2016 Brigantes Breakfast will be on Friday 20 May at Cutlers Hall in Sheffield. For more information or to be included on the mailing list for future northern events, please email David at
A full gallery is online at . Particular thanks go to The Marketors Company for their creation of new Brigantes branding which can be seen on the banners, menus and place cards.