I am sure that like many of you who live in, work in, or visit London, I find the mindless violence of three depraved individuals last Saturday night difficult to comprehend.
Like me, I am sure that many of you have looked at the images and remembered when you last walked over London Bridge or ate in one of many lively and welcoming restaurants in Borough Market. It is heartbreaking.
Despite the tragedy of seven innocent people killed and nearly fifty people horrifically injured, the stories of heroism, kindness and generosity have shown that London is an unbelievably resilient City that we can all be proud of. The emergency services, particularly the police, ambulance and hospital medical teams have been incredible.
I hope, like me, you feel that our City based Livery Company, which does so much to support good charitable works with universities, schools and the needy, in a truly multi-cultural society, can help heal the wounds of this awful outrage which attempted to destroy our open way of life.
Root and branch, may it flourish for ever.
Photograph shows the iconic Shard building rising above Borough Market.