In the auspicious surroundings of Middle Temple Hall, last night we helped celebrate
The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers' 550th birthday - this was just their small event for 320 people! (Their big party is in October)
Brass fanfares and music rang around the Hall, and the food was also glorious.
The throng were especially delighted when we made (slightly negative) reference in a song to their rival Livery Company, The Wax Chandlers - these ancient enmities are terribly important still it seems! They are sure that this rivalry is the origin of the phrase to be at sixes and sevens, as they vied for sixth place in the Livery Company list, and eventually agreed to alternate these positions; my wiki research suggests many other ideas... but perhaps they know best!
They were all in excellent voice for the National Anthem and sung grace, and the Company does lots of fine charitable work:
Good old Edward IV for setting them up!