Well, well, well. It’s that time of year again. Get ready to sing auld lang syne (which way do the arms go again?) and neck a few nightcaps, for it’s time to welcome in 2019.

I always tend to get a bit nostalgic at this time of year. As one chapter comes to an end, I like to look back and remember all the fun and games I got up to in the past year. My 2018 looked a bit like this:

I threw some shapes on the dance floor at the London Taxi Mad Hatters’ Tea party (all for a good cause, you understand), I bid a sad farewell to one of my favourite department stores, Hawkins of Hitchin, and I took my good lady wife to Prague for a bit of R&R.

I attended the European Business Assembly Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner, before crying for gold at Cheltenham Races. Of course, I frequented my usual annual haunts in the City of London, most notably the Russian Ball and the Covent Garden Rent Ceremony. Let’s not forget the royal wedding in May, which I celebrated with Markle and Sparkle!

I banged the drum for Independent Retailers’ Day – shop local and support our high streets, before celebrating the centenary of both the Royal Armed Forces and the end of the Great War. I saw the year out by launching the Poppy Appeal and speeding up and down the country, taking the Deluxe Father Christmas on a whistle stop tour of the UK. How was your 2018?