A Briggs Equipment forklift truck was one of the more unusual vehicles to take part in Cartmarking – now the second largest annual civic event in the City of London after the Lord Mayor’s Show. In this year’s ceremony, held at the Guildhall Yard (July 15), 45 vehicles were marked by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Carmen, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Holder RLC; Sheriff Fiona Adler and Master Glover Ann Esslemont. Cartmarking re-enacts an ancient tradition and serves as a reminder of the Worshipful Company of Carmen’s century of service to the City of London. Horse-drawn waggons and carriages, steamers, veteran and vintage lorries, buses and coaches, and modern trucks and tractor units, are among the vehicles typically inspected by the Master before being branded with a red-hot iron, on a wooden plate, with the year letter and the carr number. The Hyster diesel forklift was piloted by eighteen year old Caitland Lomas, who became the youngest apprentice of the Worshipful Company of Carmen at the age of 14. To date, Cartmarking has raised in excess of £150,000 for charity. The Carmen’s Benevolent Trust, the charitable arm of the Worshipful Company of Carmen, aims to relieve individual suffering or disability within the industry and support charitable causes in the City, education, health or transport.
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