You will, I am sure, be aware of the death of Past Master Norman Boakes who died peacefully at home, as he wished, on 31 March 2014. Founder Member of the Livery Company (from 1978) he served both as Clerk and as Master (1993) and subsequently contributed significantly as a Past Master.

His widow, Liveryman (and formerly Court Assistant) Valerie Boakes, chose Thursday 26 June for the Memorial Service. It was held at ‘our’ church of St Bride’s in Fleet Street, beginning at 11.30am.

It was a beautiful service held on a beautiful day. Attended by the Lord Mayor Fiona Wolff and Sir David Wootton (Lord Mayor 2011-12) as well as a number of Marketors, their partners and representation from The City Livery Club. In his address the Master highlighted the fact that unbeknown to him Norman had him marked out as a future Master from his early days in the Company. Perhaps it was because they had both worked for Hawker Siddley! Norman lived a full and fulfilled life and Valerie managed to colourfully illustrate Norman, the man – husband, father, grandfather and her best friend. He loved the great outdoors particularly the Norfolk Broads and the mountains of Switzerland.

It was a fitting way to celebrate and remember a very senior marketer and Marketor.