Lord Mayor of London unveils garden at Guildhall

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The Lord Mayor of London unveiled a themed garden in Guildhall Yard, to support the Lord Mayor’s Platinum Jubilee Big Curry Lunch

The Lord Mayor, Vincent Keaveny, unveiled the garden with Peter Newman, Chief Executive at horticultural charity, Perennial.

The garden, which is inspired by The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and reflects her love of trees and nature, was designed by Gianna Utilini on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, which supports the lunch each year and has historically used the craft of gardening to provide therapeutic help to injured service personnel.

An annual fixture in the City’s calendar, The Lord Mayor’s Platinum Jubilee Big Curry Lunch will take place in Guildhall’s Great Hall on April 7, 2022.

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Since its inception in 2008, the Mayor’s Platinum Jubilee Big Curry Lunch has raised over £2.5 million for the three national Service charities: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and the RAF Benevolent Fund. The money raised from this year’s lunch will be used to help support veterans into employment.

Commenting on the Platinum Jubilee Big Curry Lunch, Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny, explained: “Supporting employability has always been a core objective of the City of London and by supporting this lunch, you are helping the brave men and women who have given everything for our country to get something you cannot put a price on – a new life where they can hold down a job, which, given our current post-pandemic situation, is an incredible gift.”

Tickets for the Platinum Jubilee Big Curry Lunch cost £100 each and will include unlimited curry, beer, and wine. For more information and tickets, visit soldierscharity.org/lordmayors

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