The Chief Barker was fortunate to be given the opportunity to hold his reception in the splendid surroundings of the Speakers House on Wednesday 12th September.

Keith Andrews, Variety’s Chief Barker, would like to give particular thanks to Mr Speaker, John Bercow, for both his hospitality and wonderfully witty speech, and to the Right Honourable, John Redwood MP, for his equally witty reply and for acting as MC for the evening.

Variety Ambassadors, John Culshaw and Tom O’Connor, together with Emma Samms, daughter of former Chief Barker, Michael Sammuelson, added both humour and glamour to the occasion. Tom sent all of the gathering home with a few minutes of his comedy, reminiscing of years gone by.

The Chief Barker used the occasion to thank supporters, Crew members and particularly the Variety staff, for all of their hard work this year.

Keith Andrews, said:

“I hope the occasion was a great experience for all of the attendees and feel it was a suitably fitting way to acknowledge the support that has been given to the charity.”