The Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants (WCoBM) was among the Livery Companies attending the Service of the United Guilds of the City of London.
The Service took place on April 1 at St Paul’s Cathedral with The Very Reverend John Hall, Dean of Westminster giving the sermon. Over 1,000 people represented 108 City Livery Companies and attendees included HRH The Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence, representing the Butchers’ Company and the Company of Coachmakers & Coach Harness Makers.
WCoBM Master Gary Hopkins, Senior Warden Graham Ballinger and Clerk Tim Statham walked in their robes from the Company’s office in College Hill to attend the Service and once there, the Master was part of the procession, along with 23 other Masters, who walked down the aisle preceded by a fanfare of trumpeters.
The service was first held in 1943, as a way of helping to lift the spirits of the City following the Blitz in the Second World War. Since then, it has become an annual event and remains one of the few occasions in the calendar at which Livery Companies and Guilds of the City can gather together as a whole.