The Livery Newsletter and Gazette Issue 30 Spring 2019 - Page 15

The Inter-Livery Pancake Races Every year the Worshipful Company of Poulters organises a pancake race on the cobbles of Guildhall Yard, raising funds for the Lord Mayor’s charities. Last year’s event was a bit of a damp squib, with Health and Safety considerations meaning that the rain prevented any actual running, and competitors were restricted to a standing toss. The lack of running may have played to Past Master Miller’s strength(s) but, unfortunately, glory was not bestowed upon him or any other member of his team. This year, the sun shone brightly on the contestants and a crack team of Pipe Makers assembled at the appointed hour. Our team was made up of the Master, the Mistress, the Third Warden and Assistant Elise Rasmussen, and was cannily led and organised - as ever – by the Clerk. The Clerk’s instruction for the team to tie their aprons outside their gowns (so as to avoid any unnecessary flapping and improve aerodynamics) was frowned upon by some contestants, and then imitated by many. The lunch was deliciously catered by Mark Grove and his team at Cook & Butler and we cracked along at a goodly pace. Our guests were admirably introduced by Liveryman Fran Morrison and our Principal Guest, Tim Wonnacott gave a generous and very humorous reply to which I responded initially by drenching poor Tim in a glass of water - he was very kind about it (sorry Tim!). I was very pleased to show off the newly found Livery Grant of Arms and Letters Patent which have been missing for many years - our Clerk tenaciously sought them out, and the new Immediate Past Master, Chris Allen, and his IPM, Mark Gower-Smith have funded a beautiful re- presentation and they are now resplendent in frames carved with tobacco leaves (or close to); Sandra also located a huge banner not seen since 1985 and Angus Menzies, Clerk to the Master Mariners and never shy of a challenge saw to it that it was displayed on the Quarterdeck. Whilst all this was going on, apparently biblical- style downpours were being had all over London - oblivious to all that drama we ended our lunch and trooped back to the quarterdeck where Coffee, Cigars, and Cognac awaited us (I did mention that our Livery enjoyed dining on the High C’s..) and which seemed to hit the mark – Liveryman Jemma Freeman had kindly provided the torpedo cigars and had had them placed in souvenir tubes with our Crest emblazoned on it. Several of us also sported The racing edition was fiercely numerous a limited Livery competitive, Smoking hat with - originally pancakes, pans and contestants ending conceived frying as a sort of shooting hat, it serves its up sprawled across the cobbles. For once, and much purpose so well as a “team” hat, that of the twenty to the obvious of the by master of ceremonies, ordered, but surprise one remained the close of the day! two intrepid Pipe Makers (The Master and the Third Thank you to the Master Mariners for allowing us the Warden) managed to creep into their respective use of the venue, to Tim for being a perfect Principal finals. Despite the Mistress’s valiant efforts, Guest, and for everyone attending and giving and my the creative genius of Elise - whose two previous novelty year such a special start. costumes had been prize-winning creations - no further glory was to fall upon us. Indeed, our two finalists were out-run and out-tossed by those The around Master them. However, it is fair to say that honour was upheld, a good time was had by all and a significant sum of money was raised for good causes. Jerry Merton Third Warden 15 3