Based on an original idea from Arthur Axford in 1991 when he was the DepGSupt, the Royal Arch Banquet was formed to promote the Royal Arch within the Province of East Lancashire and has continued in its original format ever since.
Each year it has been very successful and well supported. Despite the clash of dates with events being held to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, this year’s banquet was no exception with 120 Companions and partners attending yet another enjoyable dinner.
The evening started with a champagne reception in the John Rylands Rooftop Terrace which is on the 5th floor and offers some privileged views of Manchester. This gave the guests the opportunity to circulate and talk in a relaxed atmosphere. With patriotic balloons on each table and chocolates for all the ladies it set the scene for another splendid evening.
He then paid tribute to David H Thompson, who was one of the three original Companions who started the banquet 31 years ago and is now retiring from the committee. He was presented with two Diamante crystal wine glasses in appreciation of his past services.