As the Paviors paraded through the City at the Lord Mayor's Show I was able to look around from the vantage point of the float and take in the rich mixture of wonderful, traditional and modern buildings and the tapestry of intriguing narrow lanes that form the fabric of London, and imagine the roles that the Paviors have played in it's development.
As I looked nearer at hand I could see the obvious great and real pleasure given by our display, in particular the steam roller from Amberley Museum with the smell of coal and steam, and of course the whistle, demonstrating our links with the past. In addition, our display of round the world rally cars highlighted our links with global road building, where our influence in construction and engineering have been so significant. The excellent turn out of Paviors and their families also demonstrated the vibrancy of the Livery today.
I washed the soot from the steamroller off my eyes with one hand and waved the trotter of our mascot, St Anthony's Pig, to the crowd with the other. My Wardens and I were able to enjoy the superb day in our City with the feeling that we are in good heart as a Company, and that we can demonstrate this to everyone with confidence.
Many of our other events and activities will be covered within this issue, but I must give personal mention to the very recent Company's Dinner at Goldsmiths' Hall. A superb atmosphere was generated by a full house of Paviors and Guests in the opulent surroundings. We enjoyed great company, good food, and fine wines brought in from our own cellar. What more could anyone want?
David Laing - Master