On the salver lay some verses composed and printed in the hero's honor.
Count Ilya, again thrusting his way through the crowd, went out of the drawing room and reappeared a minute later with another committeeman, carrying a large silver salver which he presented to Prince Bagration.
Ron Evans, the Branch Chairman, received the silver salver on behalf of the Branch.
It is sponsored by Roche Vitamins (UK) Ltd. and comprises an inscribed silver salver and a travel grant of £ 2000.
But this seemingly inauspicious start to a day leads to an evening of champagne celebration, a winning silver salver and rapturous applause.