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Presentation to the Paviors of Sir Michael Bear’s Shrieval Chain

Alderman Sir Michael Bear is a Pavior and a past Lord Mayor London. Prior to becoming Lord Mayor, Sir Michael was a City of London Sheriff from 2007 to 2008. Sheriffs traditionally wear a shrieval chain and badge during their period of office, and Sir Michael has now donated these to the Worshipful Company of Paviors for their safe-keeping. The chain will hang in the Company’s headquarters, Paviors’ House, at the Charterhouse. The presentation was made at a livery dinner in Fishmongers’ Hall on 25 April. ​

Shrieval badges are all different, and this one was designed by Lady Barbara Bear. It was the first three-dimensional badge ever made for a Sheriff, setting a trend. The badge encapsulates important elements of Sir Michael’s life and career, including the coat of arms of his school and universities, the City of London and his ward within this, plus the Paviors Company. Sir Michael’s coat of arms contains a pickaxe that is similar to the Paviors’ pickaxe and also similar to that used by his father, who was an eminent geologist. The heraldic description reads as ‘a rampant bear holding in his four paws a pickaxe bend wise’!

During his presentation speech, Sir Michael said “one of the highlights of my Mayoral year was the opening of Paviors’ House at Charterhouse; tonight’s presentation of my shrieval badge and chain to the safe keeping of the Paviors will follow a close second”.

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