I am not usually good at remembering anniversaries, or rather I am, but just not on the relevant days. I tend to recall them some time after the event. This year marks the 20th anniversary of me receiving my peerage. The title took effect on 1 August 1998 and I was introduced into the House of Lords on 6 October. I normally remember the 1 August anniversary sometime in mid-August, but this year I may be a little more on the ball, though I have no plans to do anything special. Perhaps an extra pot of tea – or several. I am easily pleased.
However, somewhat unusually, I have remembered that today is twenty years to the day since I received the ‘phone call out of the blue sounding me out as to whether I would be willing to accept a peerage. Some years ago I did a short blog about the event. It was certainly unexpected. I was sat in my office and the ‘phone rang… Twenty years have certainly flown by.