My dear fellow Liverymen, an enormous thank you to you all for supporting me so wonderfully in my year as Master. I have been asked many times what are the highlights of my Masters year. Well there have been so many, it’s impossible to say.
The year starts with the Lord Mayor’s Show. All around you are people who you don’t know yet many of these people will become close friends.
The Lord Mayor’s Masters Banquet in the Mansion House is something to behold.
The Old Bailey visits, being accused in the dock by the Sheriff and then sent down, transported to the Tower of London and buying my freedom. Bread and water?..well not quite Pol Roger and lobster was the fayre in the Tower.
The inter-regimental Polo final at Smiths Lawn, Windsor
The Vintage Port Tasting at the Cavalry & Guards Club, Piccadilly,
The Property Marketing Awards,
The Amazing Grand Union Canal barge trip
Our 600 mile cycle ride, Treloar’s
The fabulous private behind the scenes Ballet Central performance was something to behold,
And of course the Ironbridge weekend with the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Masters and our consorts.
It has been a privilege to serve and I wish Digby, John, Ken and James (subject to due process) equal joy in the years ahead.
Without the incredible support of our Liverymen and especially the Court we could not have continued our charitable giving and our commitment to Education, helping the homeless, supporting our military affiliates, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Ballet Central. These organisations need our help more than most of us realise.
I would like to thank my wife Polly who has stood beside me throughout the year, never even once complaining, she is a stalwart, but then of course, she is a Chartered Surveyor so we would expect nothing less.
Finally, I would like to thank our clerk Amanda without whom my year would have been disastrous. Whenever I emailed her she instantly responded and sorted stuff out.