I’m Peter Webster, chief executive of Corps Security, and this is where I examine the issues affecting the security industry. My thoughts and opinions are intended to generate debate and whether you agree or disagree with them, you’re welcome to post your comments below.
As those familiar with Corps Security will know, the company was started in 1859 by Captain Sir Edward Walter KCB as a way of finding employment for servicemen returning from the Crimean war.
The company maintains close links with the services to this day: many of our colleagues are ex-servicemen and women; our charitable endeavours are focused towards charities that work with the services; and we are very proud to protect a number of military sites for valued customers.
As such, our colleagues were fully involved in Remembrance ceremonies this last weekend. Commissionaire Harry Anderson laid a wreath on behalf of Corps Security at Belfast City Hall cenotaph while Gary Broad, National Account Sales Director, attended a Parachute Regiment memorial on Wednesday last week and also attended Kidderminster and District Remembrance parade. Our colleague Alan Wells laid a wreath on behalf of Corps Security in Ypres, the site of some of the fiercest fighting and great loss of life in World War I.
Alan Wells of Corps Security in Ypres
This year, Gary Broad has also visited and laid wreathes at Lijssenthoek in Belgium; Esquelbeck near Dunkirk; Amfreville, Ranville, Tilly-sur-Seulles and Jerusalem in Normandy, and the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.
A wreath from Corps Security at Esquelbeck
Separately, Corps Security was closely involved this weekend with the Lord Mayor’s Show in London. The pageant marks the official election of the new Lord Mayor Of London, a position that dates back to 1215 and which was one of the first elected offices in the modern world.
This year, colleagues in ‘full shout’ – the official ceremonial dress worn by our colleagues on official occasions – guarded the grandstands where lucky members of the public mixed with officials and VIPs to watch the procession pass by. The Show marked the election of the 686th Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, only the second woman ever to hold the office.