On Thursday 20 November, the Young Stationers gathered in the Royal Air Force Club for a bumptious meal together with Liveryman Doug Wills, managing editor of the Evening Standard, Independent, Independent on Sunday, and i.
Their speaker circulated clips of punning headlines which the subeditors had managed to sneak in his paper over the years, told of refuting loudly to the press rumours that the Independent had been bought for a pound by a Russian oligarch, only to return to the office and find they were true, and graciously described a colleague as 'Chekhov from the waist up, Take That from the waist down'.
Doug - who also is chairman of the London Press Club - kindly tarried after in the Club's pub, dispensing advice and trading stories. Upper Warden Helen Esmonde represented the Company and in this image can be seen on the left chatting to Doug.
Others joining them that night included James Taranto, over from America where he is opinion editor of the Wall Street Journal (who had to buy a dinner jacket especially for the occasion, and took great joy in loudly toasting the Queen), and Young Stationer Katie Redmond (who arrived fresh from being selected as Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the marginal seat of Luton South).