The year co-incides with that of Alderman Ian Luder as Lord Mayor of London, who is a Cooper, and His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC, Common Serjeant of the City of London and Senior Old Bailey Judge, as Master Cooper. Apart from this unique situation 10 days in November must go down as one of the most active in the Incorporation’s history.
On Tuesday 4th November, His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex received Honorary Membership of the Incorporation and allowed his name to be associated with the Coopers’ annual awards. He then made the first presentations of the Earl of Wessex Awards at the Trades House in the presence of members of the cooperage trade, the Master Court, ex- Deacons and other guests including the Lord Provost and the Deacon Convener.
A few days later on Saturday a group from the Incorporation participated in the Lord Mayor’s Show alongside the Coopers of London. They were the only group in the Show fully used to parading in such wet conditions! Again a first for the Incorporation and The Lord Mayor was delighted by our participation.
On Sunday it was the turn of the Coopers to lay the wreath at the Remembrance Parade inGeorge Square which was carried out by the Late Deacon Alasdair Beaton.
On the following Monday, the Deacon and his Lady, Rita were guests at the Guildhall Banquet and were surprised to be greeted enthusiastically by the Prime Minister – the trews, a Prince Charlie jacket and a Coopers’ chain clearly identified a kindred spirit!
Back to Glasgow on the Tuesday for the Box Opening Dinner with topical mementos to place in the box – photos of the Coopers presenting honorary membership to The Earl of Wessex, the Coopers of Glasgow in the Lord Mayor’s Show and a signed copy by the Lord Mayor of his Show programme.
To end this hectic 10 days, the Deacon was guest at the Coopers’ Banquet at Mansion House attended by a record number to mark the Mayoralty of a Cooper Lord Mayor, with a special welcome to the Deacon from Glasgow.
As we enter 2009, preparations are well underway for the Annual Dinner and Dance at the Trades Hall where the Lord Mayor of London and the Master of the Coopers’ Company will be the principal guests. The relationship between the London and Glasgow Coopers is very special and this was confirmed by a generous donation of £15,000 by the Coopers of London to the Marie Curie Appeal, launched by the Incorporation in Glasgow, which is now well on the way to achieving its £100,000 aim.
The strong link between the two institutions will be marked by a special dinner at Coopers’ Hall in London in February which will be attended by both Courts with the Earl of Wessex as principal guest