On Monday 4th November, it was the privilege of the Immediate Past Master, Mr Lee Robertson, to represent the Guild of Entrepreneurs at the Opening of the Annual Garden of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral. A solemn open-air remembrance service, accompanied by the Band of the Welsh Guards and the choirs of the City of London School and the City of London School for Girls, publicly commemorated the service and sacrifice of the armed forces. The Rt Hon. the Lord Mayor, Alderman Peter Estlin, led the ceremonial planting of crosses in the cathedral grounds, followed by the representatives of the Royal British Legion and City organisations, and the Masters of the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City of London.
Mr Robertson, head bowed, planted the Entrepreneurs cross carefully in the final rank, and retook his place amongst the Masters as the National Anthem was sung, and the blessing pronounced by the Dean.
The first drops of rain began to fall as the Lord Mayor and clergy filed out. The guardsmen, bearskins dewy with drizzle, marched through the gates and, as the drumbeats faded, the guests and visitors dispersed quietly into the surrounding streets.
” I knew it would be one of the days I would miss most when I stepped down as Master so I was incredibly pleased to be able to step in on behalf of the Master at the Remembrance ceremony at St Paul amongst the Masters of all the Companies and Guilds to pay proper respect to our fallen and then later at St Stephen’s Walbrook for the service for the Lord Mayors Year. The church was packed with Masters and Clerks and the appreciation of all the Livery was magnificently summed up by Jeremy Crossley’s heartfelt address. It is a beautiful Church matched only in its splendour by the music and of course our Clerk’s singing. “ Lee Robertson, Immediate Past Master
(C) Lee Robertson