The 77th Service of the United Guilds of the City of London
At a meeting of the Masters and Prime Wardens of the Twelve Great Companies, held at Goldsmiths on 1st of February 1943, it was decided to hold a service in St Paul's Cathedral for the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City of London. The primary purpose was to help 'lift the spirits' of the City following the blitz during the Second World War. As far as records show, this was the first occasion on which all the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City combined to hols a religious service. Since then it has become an annual event.
Attended by groups from all the Liveries, and fully gowned masters, it is a humbling and moving occasion. This year it was made special for your Master, since The Scientific Instrument Makers was one of the Liveries chosen to process this year, an event, I am told, that only comes round approximately once every ten years.
The event was attended by the Master and his consort, the Clerk, Senior Warden, Deputy Master and wife, and some six other members of the Livery
With the cathedral packed to capacity (members of the public are allowed to take the few spare places), accompanied by the magnificent organ and choir, the hymns were sung with vigour and volume!
The sermon, on the theme of respect and love for ones neighbour, was given by the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally, DBE, Bishop of London, and the service finished as usual with a most rousing rendition of the National Anthem.
The day finished with an extremely sociable lunch at the Innolders Hall.