We very much regret to inform you that we have received news that Simone Marella died of a sudden heart attack last Wednesday night 13th April.

Simone and his family hosted our Autumn lunch at their restaurant, Bistro Benito in Earls Court, London for some years. Such a generous person and a regular at our events - he was present at the Westgate lunch in September, he was always such great company. We will inform all OAs of the funeral arrangements as soon as details are available.

There are many fine tributes to Simone on our Facebook page...

Our deepest condolences to his family, our prayers and thoughts are with them at this sad time. May he Rest in Peace.