Master Baker and 16 Liverymen at Northern Lunch with The Lord Mayor

The Master and Mistress Baker, accompanied by 16 Bakers Liverymen and their guests, were among a record 420 attending the Brigantes Breakfast in the spectacular St Georges Hall Liverpool on Wednesday 26 July, in the presence of our Lord Mayor, The Rt Hon Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley FRCO.  

The occasion was the annual luncheon of City of London Liverymen in the North. 84 Livery Companies were represented, including 19 by their Masters. Around 100 came from London. The 9.07 from Euston to Liverpool Lime Street could have been renamed ‘The Brigantes Express’.  

Other Bakers attending were HH Stephen Kramer QC, Upper Warden, Paul Morrow, Second Warden, Past Masters David Goddard, Tony Greenwood and Colin Sach, Steward Maureen Bonnano-Smith, and Liverymen Arthur Carter, Claire Goddard, Jean Grieves, Norman Harris, Sarah Jennings, Alan Littlewood, Graham Mason, Eric Nash and Jo Street, many with guests. 
On duty at St Georges Hall were Past Master and Clerk Alan Willis, in his capacity as Officer Commanding, Light Cavalry, Honourable Artillery Company (see more below), and Past Master David Bentley, one of the four Brigantes organisers along with Adrian Waddingham CBE, Sheriff in 2013/14 and Past Master Actuary, Charles Cowling, Past Master Actuary and Nick Gale, Past Master Plumber.   

The speakers were Dame Lorna Muirhead DCVO DBE, The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, The Rt Hon Lord Mayor, Adrian Waddingham, Nick Gale and David Bentley. The Chaplain for the Day was The Rt Rev Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, who said The Grace.

Other Principal Guests were Stephen Burrows DL, The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Sir David Maddison, President of The Liverpool Athenaeum and Philip Jordan QPM, The City Marshal.

The Light Cavalry provided a splendid Carpet Guard, complete with swords and busbies. Musical accompaniment was from the ‘Six in a Bar’ jazz band, with a special appearance from ‘George Formby’ for ‘A Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock’ and ‘Leaning On The Lamppost’ in recognition of our Lord Mayor’s staunch Lancastrian roots.
Pride of musical place went to Dr John Ridgeway-Wood (Musicians Company) who played the mighty St Georges Hall organ superbly. When built in the 1850s, it was the largest organ in the world, having 7,737 pipes and over 100 stops, and is still the third largest in the UK.
As the Lord Mayor, an eminent organist himself, rose to speak, he was welcomed with a verse on the organ of ‘I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’. Later John closed the Brigantes Breakfast with the rousing ’Dambusters March’, which was terrific.
At the lunch it was announced that, due to the considerable success of Brigantes since its formation in 2014, Brigantes will become constituted as an Association using the familiar Past Masters Association format. Nothing too formal, and importantly retaining the special chemistry that makes Brigantes what it is.   

The next Brigantes function is the Winter Gathering in York on Friday 15th December for dinner at Merchant Adventurers Hall, followed by the Christmas Concert in York Minster. The 2018 Brigantes Breakfast will be at The Royal Armouries Leeds on Friday 25th May.

If you would like to be included in notices of future Brigantes occasions in the north, please email with your contact details.