To help round off the year I thought I would share some pictures. They say a picture is worth 1000 words.
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To cover some of the events in December I will revert to diary form.
Friday 2nd December
In last week’s blog I covered the first part of the Marketors’ trip to Chile, the country where I met and married my wife Carmen when I was living and working there in the early 1980s.
It is customary for the Master of the Marketors to lead a trip somewhere during his year as it is with all Livery companies. Sometimes this may just be for a weekend in an historic city in the UK. Sometimes it may be overseas.
Every year, on the Friday before the second Sunday in November, the new Lord Mayor is sworn into office at the Guildhall.
Last week the Marketors held our fifth and final Great Event of the year, the Bowden Charter Dinner. This dinner is our opportunity to both commemorate our foundation in 1975 and the granting of a Royal Charter in 2010.
Virtually all the Livery Companies have well developed links with the military.
Last week we visited the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising in its splendid new home in Ladbroke Grove. The Museum is based on the unique collection of consumer historian Robert Opie, which he started in 1963.
One of the greatest thrills of being Master is seeing at close hand what other Livery Companies get up to, particularly those who still promote their ancient craft.