February 17th 2017
On the 8th February the Mansion House rang to the sound of a steel band and a choir of Past Masters as the Gardeners celebrated their annual banquet. The young musicians were the steel band of the Sir John Cass School. They played a spirited piece with great aplomb and professionalism and were received with enthusiastic applause.
Then came the surprise of the evening – a setting of Kipling’s ‘The Glory of the Garden’ composed by the Lord Mayor himself, and led by a ‘choir’ (using the term in its loosest sense) of Past Masters, and the Master.
Our host for the evening was the Lord Mayor and illustrious guests included His Highness Prince Amyn Muhammad Aga Khan, Baroness Byford, the Masters of the Framework Knitters, Fruiterers, World Traders and Wax Chandlers, as well as the Master and Deputy Master of Zunft zu Gartnern of Basel and the Deacon and Clerk of the Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow.