We were delighted to return to The Corinthia for the 120th occasion of our Annual Dinner after having had to cancel last year’s dinner. Current Mayors and Consorts along with Members and guests enjoyed a wonderful sparkling reception before being called to dinner in the magnificent ballroom. A delicious banquet-style three course dinner served with excellent wines and followed by port and brandy with petit fours was enjoyed by around 149 guests.
Our Chairman Steve Summers and the President the Lord Mayor of Westminster proposed the toasts and spoke eloquently highlighting the importance of the LMA to our Mayors and of the civic mayoralty especially in recent times. The Loyal Toast took on a special significance as we all raised our glasses on the eve of the Accession of HM The Queen and the start of the 70th Year of her reign.
As a newly elected member to the LMA Board, I was delighted to be able to organise my first event for members. We had a group of 32 current and past Mayors to see the musical Bat out of Hell at the New Wimbledon Theatre, made all the more poignant after the death of Meat Loaf a few days beforehand.
Members were welcomed with reception drinks in the Studio Space and again had interval drinks and nibbles there. Vice president, Oonagh Moulton paid thanks to me and especially to Nick Parr, the General Manager of the theatre and handed over a LMA gift in recognition of hosting our group.
Members were impressed with the beautiful theatre which opened in 1910 and has been an iconic landmark in Wimbledon town centre ever since as for some it was their first visit. We all departed with a song in our heads and a memorable musical evening.
The LMA’s 2021 Civic Service was held at Westminster Abbey on 17 October. Social distancing measures were still in place, so seating Mayors in the Quire was not possible. Robes made a welcome reappearance, and the Macebearers were back along with Representative Deputy Lieutenants. The procession across the Sanctuary and into the West Door was restored, and the Mayors processed out along the same route back to Dean’s Yard.