12 February, 2015

London Liveries Brigantes Breakfast 2015

Please find below an open invitation to all Liverymen. Please download the attached document for more details.

Dear Liverymen

You are warmly invited to join fellow City of London Liverymen for an inaugural Northern lunch in the magnificent Banqueting Suite at Manchester Town Hall at 12 noon on Friday 29 May 2015. The principal speaker will be the 2013/2014 Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE.

The function is being organised by three senior (and Northern) Liverymen – the late Sheriff and Past Master Actuary Adrian Waddingham CBE (Lancashire), the Immediate Past Master Actuary Charles Cowling (Lancashire) and the current Master Baker, David Bentley (Yorkshire).

The 2015 London Liveries Brigantes Breakfast provides the perfect opportunity for Liverymen from all City Livery Companies to meet together in the North for the first time.  Everyone at the lunch will be Liverymen.  There will be no non-Livery guests.

Around 1200 city of London Liverymen live in the North of England which, very roughly for this purpose, runs from Nottinghamshire/Staffordshire to the Scottish border.  Forty one of the City’s one hundred and ten Companies have ten or more Liverymen resident in the North. Furthermore, in 2014 the North was home to four City Livery Masters, which will rise to seven City Livery Masters in 2015.

If a formal lunch with fellow Liverymen at Manchester in May appeals and you would like to receive full details please :

  1. make a note in your diary of the date, and
  2. register your interest on the form attached and return to 2015 Birgantes Breakfast, Paddock House, Thor Arch, Wetherby LS23 7AB


The cost is expected to be about £85 per person, of which £2 goes to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund.  If interest is shown to be strong, the intention is to hold a further function later in the year, probably a black tie ‘London Liveries Brigantes Dinner’ in Yorkshire to which non-Livery guests will be most welcome.

Finally, a name was required for the lunch, embracing the main elements of who, what and where.  Fortuitously the geographical area coincides closely with that occupied in pre-Roman times by the Brigantes tribe – and thus ‘London Liveries Brigantes Breakfast’.

Adrian Addingham CBE
Charles Cowling
David Bentley

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