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United Guilds' Service 2017

The United Guilds’ Service has been held at St Paul’s Cathedral since 1943 when it was established “to help lift the spirits of the City following the Blitz during the Second World War”.  Today it remains a demonstration of the fraternity and friendship between the Livery Companies of the City of London.

On Friday 31 March, Brewers’ Company Liverymen attended this year’s spectacular service, which included a procession of Masters and Beadles in their full regalia.  Following the service, fellow Liverymen from other Companies associated with the drinks industry, the Coopers and Distillers, joined the Brewers for lunch back at Brewers’ Hall.  It was a pleasure to welcome them and embrace the spirit of friendship that the United Guilds’ Service represents.

Photograph: The Master and Wardens set off from Brewers’ Hall.  L to R: Sarah Spencer-Jones, Stephen Spencer-Jones (Middle Warden), Jane Furness-Smith (the Mistress), Peter Furness-Smith (the Master), Alice Wells, Paul Wells (Upper Warden), Diane Coyne (Deputy Clerk), Michael O’Dwyer (Clerk).