A former boss of mine used to say of anyone who over-promised and under-delivered that they were “all gong and no dinner”. I think it’s a great phrase.
Well, there were gongs a-plenty on display at The Guildhall last night for a splendid white tie dinner to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the granting of a first royal charter to the Worshipful Company of Innholders, which to you and me means the Master Innholders.
Unfortunately my own appearance was somewhat compromised by an ill-fitting hired outfit complete with broken waistcoat, a wonky clip-on tie and shirtsleeves about 6 inches too short. Picture reveals my shame, alongside two Pride of Britain members with no wardrobe malfunctions at all: Kate Levin of The Capital and Harry Murray MBE of Lucknam Park.
It really was a formal evening par excellence which included an address from the Lord Mayor of London and songs from the Military Wives Choir.
A couple of hoteliers lamented leaving their MI insignia at home, an oversight the company frowns upon especially at official occasions such as this. For them it was a case of all dinner and no gong.