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History of Toasting
Many theories have been put forward regarding where the tradition of 'toasting' originated. There is a belief that it was from the ancient Greeks, who had a strange practice of spiking wine with poisons. To eliminate their concerns, the host would pour wine into his own glass and take the first drink. Guests were then satisfied it was safe and invited to raise their glasses or goblets for the �toast�. Others say it came about from the Romans, who drank to the health of Augustus at every meal.

In England, in the 17th century, during the reign of Charles II, pieces of spiced toast were added to the wine. Firstly to enhance its flavour and secondly to keep sediment which was often found in the wine at the bottom.
By the end of the 17th century �toasting� important guests at a banquet was very popular. A tradition which has continued over the years to the present day.

History of the Toastmaster
There were two main people heavily influential in the development of Toastmasters as we know them today.

Born in Swansea in 1674, Richard 'Beau' Nash was a larger than life character and details on his formative years are scarce but he did study law at Jesus College, Oxford. He was quite a dandy, dressed in a frock coat, knee breeches, black stockings and silver buckled shoes.

However, he was not particularly academic and after a short spell in the Guards soon found himself in trouble by cavorting with too many women. He moved to Bath where he became assistant to the Master Of Ceremonies. Soon his employer was killed in a sword fight, he found himself appointed Master Of Ceremonies, a title which he held for over fifty years.

He would organise many events in Bath society life and created a strict code of etiquette and behaviour for its citizens to adhere to. To this end he became one of the most influential men in social history of England.

A Toastmaster is employed to preside over an event and must be immediately recognised. The tradition is that he should be more splendidly dressed than the guests present goes right back to these times of Richard 'Beau' Nash.

Some 130 years after the death of Richard 'Beau' Nash, a Toastmaster of Repute by the name of William Knightsmith was becoming increasingly frustrated at being mistaken for a waiter at events that he was attending. Having explained this to his wife, she suggested that he should change the colour of his coat so that it made him stand out. Soon after, the 'hunting pink' tailcoat became the adopted form of dress for Toastmasters. It's name is derived from Mr Pink, the tailor who designed them.

In the City of London the 'hunting pink' tailcoat is generally not worn because the law stated that the hunt was not allowed to pass through the City. Toastmasters in the City sometimes wear a red sash under their black tailcoat.

As you make plans, I will be in constant contact with you and only a phone call/email away to offer advice and guidance. We will meet several times before your event to go over details for this most important time of your life.
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The services of an English Toastmaster are far reaching and can be used anywhere that a 'touch of class' is needed to enhance an event... the services provided are only limited by your imagination.
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