This annual competition, which is held at the Drapers’ Hall on the first Monday in March, took place on 7 March 2016 and the Curriers were once again represented by Roderick Davidson and William Moberly. Some companies field two or more pairs and one of the main prizes for the evening is awarded to the two pairs from the same company with the highest combined placing. This award was once again won by the Worshipful Company of Actuaries.
The well established format involves duplicate bridge playing 12 hands before an admirable supper, the Drapers famous beef Wellington and a further 10 hands afterwards.
At half time the Curriers pair were in 28th position out of the 58 pairs playing. I think 60 pairs had entered but 2 had to withdraw at a very late stage. After our excellent supper I am pleased to report that our form improved and we finished in 15th position overall at the end of a friendly and enjoyable evening.
In the context where many of the pairs play frequently together and often play duplicate bridge the Curriers, who play together once a year for their only game of duplicate bridge cannot reasonably expect to achieve a winning position. Nevertheless it is important that the Curriers take part in a Livery Company function in the City of London, which raises funds for the Lord Mayor’s Charity.
It is a most enjoyable and well organised occasion providing as it does an opportunity to meet, albeit very briefly, members of other livery companies. This year I played against an accountant who I first met on a golf course over 50 years ago and a solicitor, whom I had not seen for more than 20 years. Next year it will be held on 6 March 2017.
Both Roderick and I think that we should retire on the grounds of age and therefore urgently need successors.
Any Curriers who play bridge and would be interested in taking part are asked to contact me or the Clerk.