On Thursday 4th October, a Thanksgiving Mass was held for Patrick Sandeman at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. The last seat in this huge church was taken twenty minutes before the service began, a testament to the wide regard and affection in which Patrick was held. As Jancis Robinson put it on the day, the fact that only about a fifth of the congregation had any connection to the wine trade showed he ‘had a life’. You can read Jancis’ full report on her site JancisRobinson.com.
The whole of Lea & Sandeman was closed for the day and all the current team, accompanied by a good many ‘old boys’ attended the service.