On Friday evening I attended the AGM of the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or at the Millenium Gloucester Hotel.
The meeting was opened by Julian White – Knight Commander of the Order of the Golden Sabre and lasted a healthy 30 minutes before the real business of the day took place – the sampling of Champagne. It was also the opportunity to introduce new members to the traditional method of opening Champagne (and to which the Confrérie is dedicated) – with a sword!
One of the first to complete a successful Sabrage for the first time was Ann Sidney a former Miss World.
Ann was then invested as a Sabreur in the order personally by Julian – a task undertaken with due sobriety.
A final photo call took place (from l-r Lady Sue Purvis, Ann Sidney, Sir Ned Purvis, Elaine Gordon, Linda Roberts) before the environmentally friendly disposal of the Sabraged bottles and their contents was undertaken.
All images taken by Leica M Photographer and Copyright David Court.