The 2017 Clifford Champion Commemoration Dinner took place in Cutlers' Hall on the 9th March 2017.
88 Liverymen dined together in the splendid setting of Cutlers' Hall to mark the occasion of Past Prime Warden Clifford Stanley Beackon Champion's birthday.
Clifford, who died in 2011, was Prime Warden of the Company in 1995. On his death, he made a bequest to the Company to fund a dinner, restricted to Liverymen of the Company, the stipulation being that the dinner should be 'first class'. Dining on tiger prawns and cannon of lamb, accompanied by a 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet and a 1998 Chateau Langoa Barton, the dinner was certainly first class. Clifford's bequest also provides bursary funds for students at blacksmithing colleges.
The Prime Warden spoke briefly of Clifford's love of life and hope that his bequest enabled Liverymen of the Company to enjoy each other's company.