The Worshipful Company of Carmen of London held its annual Joint Services Dinner in Merchant Taylors’ Hall on 26 Apr 17, with the Master Marsha Rae Ratcliff presiding, attended by the Wardens, Patrick Marsland-Roberts TD and Stephen Britt.
The event started with a Court meeting at 3.30pm in which three people were given the Honorary Freedom of the Company including the Regimental Colonel RLC, Col CJ Francis.
There were a further six people clothed before the Master presented three awards to its affiliated military units.
A champagne reception followed at 6.30pm before Past Master, HRH the Princess Royal, arrived and was met by the Master and Clerk where she took the chance to speak with the award winners.
Later in the evening she presented the Company’s Military Awards to the Soldier of the Year and Sword of Honour winner from The Royal Logistic Corps – Private C Preece and Lt G Turner respectively.
She also presented the 19 Tank Transporter Sqn award to Lt Corp J Jones.
The Master of Logistics, Lieutenant General Mark Poffley OBE QCVS, responded to the Master’s toast to the Armed Forces and also proposed the traditional Carmen toast at the end of the evening.