25 May 2018
The Brigantes Breakfast
It was another splendid Brigantes Breakfast.
On Friday 25th May over 360 people, including 26 Masters, 52 Past Masters and 10 Bakers went to the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
Quite a few of us were treated to an illuminating lecture by Dr Karen Watts, Curator Emeritus of the Armouries, as well as a demonstration by the librarian - dressed in full armour! Both she and he were able to dispel some myths about the inflexibility of armour.
We were also told about a breastplate dated 1591 which was of special interest to us as Bakers because it was for a baker! We found it in the museum and discovered that the name of its owner was Pavel Weddersborg, Free Baker of Lüneburg. He did not have a coat of arms and so a pretzel, used by German bakers as a trade sign, was inscribed on it.
After that all too fleeting visit to the Armouries themselves we all made our way to the New Dock Hall where we had a fine “breakfast” and heard addresses from Adrian Waddingham CBE, Past Sheriff, Past Master Actuary and Haberdasher, and the principal guest, General the Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC, DL and Chairman of the Royal Armouries.
They were followed by “Figaro” a quartet of entertaining singers. The icing on the cake was a speech by our own Past Master David Bentley, one of the prime movers in the Brigantes and organisers of this event to whom our thanks are due.
It was a great way to spend a Friday. We look forward to next year’s Breakfast when we mere Southerners will, I hope, be allowed north again to celebrate with our Northern friends.