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British Red Cross charity collection: London Bridge, 6 May 2011

What may well become an annual tradition began several years ago when Masters and Wardens of various livery companies helped the British Red Cross raise funds by collecting on London Bridge on their annual City Flag Day. In 2010 thirteen people joined then Sheriff [and Bowyer] David Wootton and collected £3,500 between them during the morning and evening rush hours (just 4 hours). This year, over thirty livery Masters, Wardens and Clerks took part. Renter Warden the Rev'd John Hayton and the Clerk, Richard Sawyer represented the company.

They were both on the "morning shift" which entailed being on London Bridge, in their livery robes, from 7.30 a.m. until 9.30 a.m. as the hordes variously trudged or thundered over the bridge, (mostly the latter). Leadership of the "morning shift" was vested in Aldermanic Sheriff Fiona Woolf, pictured here at the end of the shift, with John Hayton. We do not yet know how much was raised. Bacon butties, coffee and a glass of fizz in Fishmongers' Hall afterwards was a most welcome restorative.

John Hayton
7 May 2011

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