Monday 17th September 2012 at the East India Club St James
Special Guest the Original STIG from Top Gear
Racing Driver and entertainer Perry McCarthy, the original Black Stig from Top gear, regaled the assembled company with stories of the racing world, using his range of accents to give extra colour as he mimicked the top racing drivers and recounted their exploits both on and off the race track.
Asked what he thought of Jeremy Clarkson, he replied that he thought he was a very good presenter – dammed with faint praise, as it was clear that his heart is really on the circuit rather than being on the BBC. Perry has driven formula one, formula 3, F3000 and Le Mons circuits and described his fellow drivers as almost all crazy, to sit in a box designed to kill you and then driving to the limit.
Some lucky guests were able to buy a copy of his autobiography Flat out – Flat Broke – signed by the author. Those who missed out can find it on Amazon.
Our grateful thanks to Perry, who attended the party as a charitable gesture and to both Colin Peacock and Julian Smith for organising the occasion.
The annual outing for wives and partners of members of the Livery and their friends was held on a glorious autumn day, starting at No I London, Aspley House Hyde Park Corner the former home of the Duke of Wellington. Many of you will have driven past this grand house on the corner of Hyde Park and Park Lane and wondered what it is? Inside is a treasure trove of paintings and beautiful furniture which forms a collection open to the pubic although part of the house is still used by the current Duke of Wellington and the Wellesley Family. Designed to celebrate the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the dazzling interiors are magnificent examples of the Regency style. They provided the perfect backdrop for entertaining, particularly at the annual Waterloo Banquets which commemorated the great victory.
Afterwards, the 35 ladies went to lunch at the Athenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly, which was a lovely occasion, an extremely good lunch and such a good opportunity to meet with the other halves, when you learn more about our fellow Livery men in 5 mins than in many years from the men.
The guests included Past Master Rob Bould wife Jenna, Past Master Gillett’s wife Patricia, Lady Bear and The Junior Warden but my special thanks goes Lady Jenna Davies who organised the tour and the lunch for us and to Janie Strage who helped her. Well done girls!