The Raymond Brown Sarisbury CE Junior School lorry was branded yesterday at the traditional Cart Marking Ceremony in the City of London.
The prestigious event which is in its 500th year, took place at London’s Guildhall Court Yard on 12th July and was attended by the Lord Mayor and hundreds of spectators and dignitaries.
The ancient tradition of cart marking dates back to the 16th century when all carts operating in the City of London were required to pay five shillings for the right to ply for hire in the City and have their axles branded – an early form of vehicle licensing.
In 2015, Raymond Brown’s Wareham St Mary Lorry was branded at the event and since then the lorries have been rebranded as part of the company’s commitment to a new road safety initiative and to ensure that they are more visible on the roads.
The commentary highlighted Raymond Brown’s engagement with the local community and the business’ approach to safety, particularly the commitment to the Project Pictogram road safety initiative which has been rolled out across the fleet.
This year it was the brand new Sarisbury CE Junior School lorry, driven by Mark Attwood, and designed by the children of the school as part of our Community Matters initiative. The lorry was paraded for the Master’s inspection in front of the spectators before being branded by the Master Carman.
Afterwards, the Sheriff, Master Carman and Wardens doff their caps as each vehicle passes the rostrum, and the Carmen, partners and guests join in fellowship for lunch in the Great Hall.
The event was attended by Steve Clasby, Chief Operating Officer, Simon Webb, Transport Manager and Steve Parker, Transport Support Manager.