|A general view of Artillery Fields, Finsbury Place the home of the HAC|
|The Company of Pikemen and Musketeers (Musketeers on the flanks and Pikemen in the centre) on parade at Artillery Fields.|
The January HAC Club Dinner is designed to reinforce the links between the City and the HAC. Many members of the HAC, both serving and veterans, are members of various City liveries and are encouraged to invite their Masters and Clerks. The Dinner was held in the handsome panelled dining room at Artillery Fields. It still looks just the same as it did when I went to my first mess-night there over forty years ago but I think the food has got a bit better. I went as guest of Past Master Stephen Foakes who looked resplendent in the scarlet tunic and lace of Sergeant of Pikemen.
Major General Simon Lalor, in his capacity of the President of the HAC Club, made us most welcome and my host had been asked to make the speech of welcome to the guests which he did most skilfully fitting together a string of individuals most elegantly. The principal speaker was General Sir Nicholas Parker the current Commander in Chief Land Forces who made a wide ranging and challenging speech on the issues facing the Army.
Being back at the HAC brought back many memories and it is good to see how the unit has continued to adapt and flourish so successfully.