One of the last official duties to wrap up the Master Lightmonger’s year in office is to host the Master and Clerks’ luncheon to say thank you and farewell to those Companies with whom Lightmongers have an especially close relationship and with whom the Master has shared his year.
This year, Masters and Clerks from 21 Livery Companies joined Master Jamie Berry and other Lightmongers at Tallow Chandlers Hall for a convivial luncheon that was also attended by special guest Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL, Former Lord Mayor of the City of London and Honorary Liveryman of the Company. Most of the Masters present will form the Carolean Past Masters group to mark the key historic moment in their year in office – the Coronation of King Charles III.
The cleverly crafted response on behalf of the guests was made by Air Cdre. Paul Nash, OBE, Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.
Guests were treated to a short musical recital by two talented students from the Guildhall School of Music, Pianist Charis Lai and Flautist Cyrus Lam.
As a memento of the event, visiting Masters received a copy of ‘Death of a Lightbulb’ signed by the author, Past Master John Otten, who was also present. This book offers a comprehensive account of the 19th Century race between Joseph Swan from England and the more famous Thomas Edison from America, to invent the incandescent light bulb and developments in the world of lighting since then.