In keeping with tradition, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf, will be guest of honour at tonight’s Forfeit Feast at the Cutlers’ Hall.
Less formal than the Cutlers’ Feast held earlier in the year, this event has been held annually since 1814.
It was so named because it was originally financed, in part, by the fines or ‘forfeits’ paid by Freemen and Members who failed to attend Company meetings or broke the rules in some other way. Speeches are kept to a minimum.
Prior to the event, the Lord Mayor of London, in her role as ambassador for UK financial services, will address a group of Sheffield City Region business people and respond to questions. The Master Cutler, Tony Pedder, said: “We are delighted that the Lord Mayor has once again agreed to join us at the Forfeit Feast. The Q&A session is a relatively recent innovation but one that always proves lively and valuable. I am sure this year will be no exception.”
The Cutlers’ Company was established by a Parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624.