The Master represents SIM at the Service of Remembrance in St Paul's Cathedral
On Sunday November 11, Maureen and I attended the Service of Remembrance in St Paul's Cathedral. Most of the livery companies were represented, with Masters fully gowned, seated in rows in the North Transept. Members of the public are allowed to join the congregation, and the Cathedral was full to overflowing.
Of course, with the special significance of the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice, the service was particularly moving, with readings by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Peter Estlin, Cadet Freddie Fitzgerald, from the City of London Academy Islington, and an address from The Reverend Canon Jonathan Brewster, Canon in Residence.
The sound of the hymns being sung, by a full congregation and the choir, with the wonderful organ, whilst sitting under the dome, was particularly uplifting.
This being a special year, we were treated to an extended arrangement, organised by the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers.
After the service, the Livery representatives, in full regalia, processed along Poultry to the Royal Exchange where there is a memorial to World War 1 casualties. Joined by the Lord Mayor, the Old Comrades and Aldermen of the City, a short service was held and wreathes were laid at the monument's foot, at the conclusion of which a wreath was laid, on behalf of the City of London Livery Companies, by the Master Fruiterer.
The dignitaries, following the Lord Mayor, with the Coldstream Guards and the Air Cadets, then processed back to Mansion House, where we saw our Chaplain, Jeremy Crossley, who is now appointed as Lord Mayor's Chaplain! The Liverymen moved quickly to the roadside in front of The Mansion House, to salute the march past.
A fitting end to a memorable weekend.