In pictures: Guest speaker Simon Callow wows guests at Harrogate Business Lunch

Over 550 guests packed into the Pavilions of Harrogate to hear one of the greats of the British stage and screen speak at the first Harrogate Business Luncheon of the year.

Simon Callow CBE is perhaps most famous for his role in Four Wedding and a Funeral, but has appeared in scores of other films and theatre productions, including Amadeus, Howard’s End, Shakespeare in Love and Waiting for Godot.

The sell-out event was organised by Howard Matthews Partnership, Williams Investment Management, Lloyds Bank and the Harrogate Advertiser Series, and was sponsored by Kings Catering Company, which also supplied the three-course lunch.

Mr Matthews said of Mr Callow: “He was a very good speaker and received a tremendous response from the audience. Some said he was the best speaker we’ve ever had.

“He was very funny and interesting, and spoke at length about his life and how he got into acting. It was all delivered in his wonderful, clear, booming voice – you can tell he’s a Shakespearean actor – so he really was exactly what we look for in a guest speaker.”

The Harrogate Business Luncheons are held three times a year and are invariably sold out. The next event is due to be held on Friday, May 25. Speaker to be confirmed.

Simon Callow with Duncan Williams (Williams Investment Management), The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate Coun Anne Jones, Patsy King (Kings Catering Company), Paul Varley (Lloyds Bank) and Howard Matthews (Howard Matthews Partnership). Picture by Adrian Murray

Simon Callow with Duncan Williams (Williams Investment Management), The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate Coun Anne Jones, Patsy King (Kings Catering Company), Paul Varley (Lloyds Bank) and Howard Matthews (Howard Matthews Partnership). Picture by Adrian Murray