28 The Installation of the Sheriffs at Guildhall

Friday 26th September 2014

As Mother Livery Company of the new Non-Aldermanic Sheriff, Fiona Adler, the Wardens, the Clerk and I had the honour of playing a part in this annual City ceremony in Guildhall. With the Musicians Company, the Mother Livery of the Aldermanic Sheriff, Dr Andrew Parmley, we processed into the hall in front of the Sheriffs-Elect and formed a guard of honour as they processed up to the dais to be admitted to this ancient office. After two oaths were sworn, they received their robes, chains and badges of office and addressed the assembled company. Fiona's beaming smile was a picture.

We made our way to Merchant Taylors' Hall for the Sheriffs' Breakfast where we had a splendid Luncheon followed by amusing speeches from the Recorder of London, Judge Brian Barker QC, the Rt Rev Graham Knowles and the two Sheriffs. It was also a pleasure to hear the organ played!

As Master, it was a privilege to be part of this rare honour of having one of our own Company as Sheriff. On behalf of the Company and personally, I wish Fiona and David and Andrew and Wendy a wonderful year. I know they will have a great amount of fun but also contribute an enormous amount to the City in the year ahead and be a great support to the two Lord Mayors whom they willl serve. Congratulations Fiona!