At a dinner given by the Lord Mayor to the bankers and merchants of the City of London on 21st October 1965.
This is the fifth occasion on which I rise to respond to the traditional toast. I would like, first of all, to thank the Chairman of The Stock Exchange for his good wishes in the ensuing year. Although Mr Wilkinson proposed this self-same toast last year he was then speaking on behalf of Lord Ritchie, who has since retired from the chairmanship of the Council of The Stock Exchange, and I feel sure that I speak for all those present here this evening, and indeed for the whole City, in expressing our admiration for Lord Ritchie's many achievements during his term of office-achievements latterly in the face of great personal adversity. His many friends and colleagues will wish to join me in expressing our highest regards, and our best wishes for the future. In Mr Wilkinson the Council of The Stock Exchange is indeed fortunate in finding a worthy successor and I am sure that we can look forward to continuing progressive leadership from the Council of The Stock Exchange under his chairmanship and, indeed, his speech this evening gives earnest of this.