This has become one of the great fixtures in the Stationers' Calendar and last Saturday was no exception. Members gathered at the Hall for coffee before going out (in the sunshine!) to watch the parade come down Ludgate Hill. Meanwhile Past Master Helen Esmonde was starting out in the parade itself.
She was marching with the Lady Masters' Association and commemorating women's suffrage. (See centre of the photo below)
A new departure this year, at the instigation of the incoming Lord Mayor, was an Engagement Zone set up near his official residence, Mansion House, and featuring exhibitions from Corporate Member
Pearson (see photo above), Parkside Flexibles (the Stationers' Innovator of the year 2018 and seen in
the photo above) Paragon (seen in the photo below with the Lord Mayor)
BPIF (seen below with the Master) and the St Bride Foundation (see main photo)
all under the aegis of the Stationers’ Company. Also there, but independently, were Barclays with their Life Skills pod and Founders4Schools.
At the end of his very busy day the Lord Mayor visited and spoke with all the exhibitors. He went on to say
“I was absolutely delighted to visit the inaugural Festival Zone hosted by Bloomberg during the Lord Mayor's Show. In particular, the Worshipful Company of Stationers, led by Past Master Helen Esmonde, displayed a fantastic array of innovative and sustainable packaging and printing products. David Allan, Master of the Stationers’ Company, and I were given hands-on experience of the products and the companies working to address environmental issues using the latest technology.”
The Master, as mentioned by the Lord Mayor, visited the exhibition once his duties at the Hall were completed. These had included presiding at the buffet lunch at the Hall and then presenting students from the Saturday Schools with certificates to recognise their amazing achievements. The students can be seen in the photo below with their teachers and Liveryman Chris Jolly who has been the Company's liaison with Civitas who run the schools.