22 April 2015
The Livery Companies
Today's speaker was Nick Gale who gave an audio visual presentation on 'The Livery Companies'
Based in London there are 150 professional bodies making up today's list which cover a diverse array of skills and crafts the aim being to maintain standards, approve licences, support the Lord Mayor and monitor apprenticeships. Other functions of the Liveries are to raise money for charity, support 150 schools, cadet units and educational colleges.
Nick described his right as a Livery man as the freedom of the city of London entitling him among other things to hang by a silk rope, be buried in the city, pee with advance notice without prosecution and wear a sword.
He ended with photos depicting him carrying out his duties.