City life has not ceased
Published on: 11 February 2020
Since the beginning of 2020, City life has not ceased, and since Brexit is over there is definitely a warm wind blowing in this wintertime - although not while I write this I admit.
Last week I had the wonderful occasion to travel on HMS Tyne, our Naval affiliate, under the Captaincy of Commodore Jon Browett, from Tilbury docks to her mooring for three days at HMS Belfast in the City of London.
This was quite an extraordinary experience, being both on the flying bridge or in the warmth of the bridge itself, going under the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, through the Thames Barrier, passing Greenwich (all lit-up), the O2, Canary Wharf and then the wonderful final stretch under Tower Bridge and to berth next to the iconic HMS Belfast. As you pass all the history you can but marvel back to the days when the river was full of tiny vessels, supporting our docks industry and the large cargo ships that came in to the Port of London.
The hospitality on board was fantastic and was increased the following day when a reception on board with Liverymen being invited to enjoy some knock-out Gins and other cocktails that only the Navy can pour.
I appreciate it was short notice to the Livery but it was good to see those who joined me on this special occasion.
I have also had the chance to visit the Honourable Artillery Company at Armoury House on the occasion of their 200 anniversary Mess Dinner. WCB was one of 20 Livery Companies represented at this splendid affair. All HAC members, with the Pikemen and Musketeers were in dinner dress for a grand evening, with the Lord Mayor, William Russell, as Guest of Honour. We were one of three liveries highlighted in the reply for guests.
So a military week and one I was proud to represent the Butchers' Company at.
The Master, Tim Dumenil