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Tom Ridley's Freedom of the City

On 25 July, a long-gestated plan finally came to fruition for Tom Ridley to acquire his Freedom of the City of London, as a precursor to becoming a Liveryman of the Bowyers' Company. His Freedom ceremony was conducted by the popular Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court, Murray Craig, and shown in this happy photo, taken in the Chamberlain's Court Room in Guildhall immediately after the ceremony, are Tom's proposers into the Bowyers, Court Assistant Simon Leach and the new Master Ian Spring, and Tom himself, supported by IPM Tony Kench, Court Assistant John Ellery and new Renter Warden Nigel Heilpern.

After the ceremony, we all adjourned to a unique lunch venue arranged by Tom in the upstairs boardroom in Temple Bar, the Wren-designed archway that originally formed the City of London's 17th century gateway in Fleet Street, and now sits in Paternoster Square by St Paul's Cathedral. Excellent catering was provided by Searcy's from the Cathedral crypt restaurant, and an excellent supply of Macon Villages was imported from Sainsbury's in Paternoster Square. Well done Tom!

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