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BARBICAN LIFE


and the country. Nick felt that it changed him, it smoothed off some rough edges and he appreciated working with a team under pressure. He also received the accolade of being a very tidy Lord Mayor in how he managed his office.


But before the year started he knew it would end so it hasn’t been difficult to return to normal life. Nick has many mementos – over 4000 photographs, a copy of his diary and day sheet which detailed who he saw when, where and why, three boxes of press clippings and wonderful memories. The best memory might be when he left Mansion House for the last time. As a thank you for his support the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the RAF mounted a guard of honour down the Mansion House steps.


Nick Anstee and family at the Silent Ceremony at the Guildhall at which the new Lord Mayor is admitted to office


– his rationale was that everyone would know who he was, he didn’t need a badge to prove it. However there was one exception – he took the travel badge to Houston for a meeting with American philanthropists. His robes stayed at home. An Alderman has a scarlet robe for state events and a


violet working robe. As Lord Mayor a black and gold robe substitutes for the scarlet robe but there is also a State robe edged with ermine when royalty is present.


The year of the 682nd Lord Mayor was unique, thoroughly enjoyable and a worthwhile thing to do for the City


Acknowledgement - All photographs courtesy of the City of London Corporation


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