We enjoyed a terrific evening yesterday at the Marketors. Murray Craig, recently retired as Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court at the Guildhall after 25 years’ service, was elected as an Honorary Liveryman of the Company. We are the first Company to offer Murray this honour, richly deserved – as all Freemen of the City will attest.
The General Meeting, which took this decision, was followed by a memorable evening where Murray entertained us with his extraordinary knowledge and erudition of City institutions and buildings (did you know how many Livery Companies include an opinicus in their crest? or which “Council Estate” in London had the highest take-up of its right-to-buy offer?
These were judiciously mixed with personal anecdotes.
It will be hard to forget the image of Murray, dressed in his ceremonial robes, being mistaken for a wizard and mobbed by a collection of similarly attired Harry Potter fans, when arriving to confer the Freedom of the City on JK Rowling. Chatham House rules preclude me from revealing which member of the Windsor family said what to whom about their Freedom Ceremony (although the Master thinks it may have been Barbara).
It was an evening of fellowship which will live long in the memory. We owe a big thank you – and our congratulations – to Murray Craig, our “youngest” Liveryman elect, who will be formally admitted at our next Ceremonial Court. Mark your calendars now, for 19th September at Mansion House!