Election of Lord Mayor
Monday 1st October 2012
First, the assembled company of Masters, Prime Wardens and Upper Bailiffs progressed rather biblically (the last being first) acros Guildhall Yard to St Lawrence Jewry for the service before the Election. It was taken by Cannon David Parrott in his guise as Guild Vicar, though I hope that by now he's equally familiar to readers of this Blog as the Chaplain to our Livery. David had written some new (to me) words specifically relevant to the City to the tune of 'Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer'. They were lustily sung and he is truly a man of many talents.
Then back to Guildhall in a more secular order (the first being first) for the Election which saw Alderman Roger Gifford duly become Lord Mayor Elect in a majestic and historic ceremony. Her certainly ticks a lot of my personal boxes, believing that the creative industries are the UK's second most important after financial services and being the sponsoring Alderman for the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners.
Two Members of our Company, Carol Hughes-Mack and Paul Woodley then joined me for lunch at Stationers Hall, though it took so long to retrieve anything left in th Guildhall Cloakroom that tea, for a while, looked a more realistic prospect.