The organisers are pleased to announce that, following on from the previous successful events of recent years, this year’s Tobacco Trade Luncheon – sponsored this year by JTI,  B.A.T. and Hunters & Frankau – will be held on Wednesday 10th June, 2020 at Lords Cricket Ground, the home of Cricket. This year, the Lunch will be held once again in The Long Room. There is limited space in The Long Room and early applications are suggested to avoid disappointment.

Guest Speaker: Dominic Holland

Dominic Holland with his famous son Spiderman aka Tom Holland.

Multi-award winning Dominic Holland has been a professional comedian for more years than he cares to recall, with countless television and radio credits. These include multiple appearances on Have I Got News For You and The Royal Variety Performance, as well as The News Quiz. Dominic has written and performed four BBC Radio 4 series including The Small World of Dominic Holland which won a Comic Heritage Award.

A Perrier Best Newcomer and Award Nominee, Dominic has performed seven solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival, most recently in 2018 and he continues to tour the UK and beyond with his unique take on life. Described by The Sunday Times as ‘the UK’s master of observational comedy‘ and by The Daily Telegraph as ‘a top notch stand-up whom everyone should see.

Despite Dominic’s best efforts and his considerable achievements in show business, the cruel reality is that he has been severely out-starred by his eldest son, Tom. Tom Holland is 23 and is better known as Peter Parker and even better known as Marvel’s Spider-Man. Dominic accounts for his son’s meteoric and ‘overnight’ success as a fluke in his hilarious book, Eclipsed which is available in hard and digital formats.

Dominic has written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Mail-on-Sunday, The Independent, The Sun, Daily Mirror and a raft of trade journals. He has written comedy material for household names like Sir David Frost, Bob Monkhouse, Harry Enfield and Lenny Henry. He has written key-note speeches for CEO’s and sports celebrities and he wrote two episodes of Warren for ITV, the UK’s very first fully animated sit-com. Therefore, we are pleased to announce, Dominic Holland is this year’s Guest Speaker.

General Information about the lunch

There will be a Champagne Reception, sponsored this year by Ritmeester Cigars from 11.00 am in the Harris Gardens, opposite the back of the Pavilion. Lunch will be served at 1.00 pm. As usual there will be a raffle in aid of The Tobacco Pipe Makers & Tobacco Trade Benevolent Fund, ‘Welfare Fund’ with excellent prizes.

Tables will be available as complete bookings of 10, or individual tickets will be available. Dress Code is Lounge Suits including Ties. The Tavern Bar is available for after lunch ‘drinking’

The Organisers are pleased to announce that the Ticket price has been held at £96 .00 incl. VAT per person (£80.00 + VAT @ 20% per person) this year.  Please complete the Ticket Application form included and return it by 17th April 2020 to:

A I T S
St. Johns Court, 70a, St. Johns Close
Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands B93 0NH

 (Payment may be made either by cheque or BACS. Cheques should be made out to The Association of Independent Tobacco Specialists or by BACS to: HSBC, Sort Code 40 26 22 a/c number 31127810 a/c name Association of Independent Tobacco Specialists). Please mark your application accordingly if you are paying by BACS. A VAT Invoice will be sent upon receipt of payment.