This is my first blog post for the Environmental Cleaners and I couldn’t think of a better time to begin than after celebrating the installation of the newest Lord Mayor of London at the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday. Dr Andrew Parmley is an Honorary Freeman of our company too, which makes the occasion extra special.
There were many thousands of spectators lining the streets, despite the weather, and I know countless more watched from the comfort of their homes on television. I hope you spotted the Modern Livery Company float as it made its way through the City of London’s streets.
I’m very proud of our involvement with the Modern Livery Company (any Company formed since 1926 is considered to be modern). Along with the Environmental Cleaners, it also represents the IT, firefighter and taxi drivers’ livery companies, among many others.
London’s Livery Companies have a long and rich history, and it’s right that modern trades should be part of that tradition, while at the same time showing London’s progress.
Although the event didn’t begin until 11am on Saturday, I met our Company Wardens at 8.30am at Armourers’ Hall before joining the rest of the members of our float. It’s a real privilege to be able to take part in the procession between Bank and Aldwych and to literally fly the flag for Environmental Cleaners everywhere, so we needed to be ready on time.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is now over 800 years old, and it was great that our newest Liveryman, Nigel Cotterill, was able to join us in the parade. I’m glad he knows not to expect every Livery event he attends to be on this scale though!
Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners