A Dinner

Menu for dinner to welcome back colleagues returning from the war, 1919.

Menu for dinner to welcome back colleagues returning from the war, 1919.

This is the menu for a dinner held by staff from the Lloyds Bank head office, to welcome back colleagues returning from service. Particularly striking is the image of the dove carrying an olive branch, to symbolise peace.

More than 200 people attended, including the chairman, Sir Richard Vassar-Smith. Guests were treated to such delicacies as clear turtle soup, devilled whitebait and a Timbale of Fruits Parisienne.

They were also entertained by the biggest names of the day: soprano Amy Evans, who sang the aria from Madam Butterfly; music hall star Nelson Jackson, with a medley of songs; and jokes and sketches from comedian Jock Walker.

An orchestra played during dinner, which was followed by toasts to King George and the guests.

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