As part of the Laurence Sterne tercentenary, Shandy Hall are holding an evening talk by Professor Judith Hawley on eighteenth-century clubs and toasting. We would be happy to provide suggestions for toasts, as we hold the records of the Manchester Pitt Club, which once had fifty-eight toasts in an evening at one of their annual dinners.
The Manchester Pitt Club was founded in 1812 with the aim of putting down Levellers and Republicans. Their Annual Dinner, held on Pitt the Younger’s birthday on 28th May, was an opportunity for members to voice their loyal and anti-republican sentiments, which they did in the form of toasts.
The Shandy Hall event, which will be well worth attending if you are in the York area, is being held at York Medical Society on Friday 27th September.