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United Guilds' Service and Lunch 2019

The Master and Wardens were delighted to attend the 77th annual United Guilds Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 29 March, accompanied by several Liverymen and their partners.  This spectacular service, which sees representatives from all of the Livery Companies of London come together, has been held since 1943 when it was established “to help lift the spirits of the City following the Blitz during the Second World War”.  It remains one of the few occasions in which the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City can gather together as a whole.

Following the service, we were delighted to be joined by Liverymen and Guests from the Worshipful Company of Coopers and the Worshipful Company of Distillers for lunch 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, Wardens and guests set off from Brewers’ Hall.  From L to R: Richard Fuller, Middle Warden; Diane Coyne, Deputy Clerk; Simon Theakston, Upper Warden; Candy Theakston; Sarah Spencer-Jones, the Mistress; Stephen Spencer-Jones, the Master; Jonathan Neame, Renter Warden; Michael O’Dwyer, the Clerk.