Over 2,000 people attended St John’s Day at St Paul's Cathedral and nearby Paternoster Square. The feast of John the Baptist is held annually on 24 June.
Both, St John Ambulance and the Most Venerable Order of St John released their Annual Reports on this day.
- The Priory of England and The Islands of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem 2018 Annual Report
As in previous years, the service was attended by representatives from the Johanniter Subkommende London
Throughout the day, trainers of St John Ambulance gave demonstrations of First Aid, exhibited vintage and brand new ambulance cars in their fleet and gave visitors the chance to take pictures in historic nursing uniforms.
From the mascot of St John Ambulance, Bertie Badger, conducting the Wilnecote St John Ambulance Band to the exhibition f the old ambulance 'Sympathy', and everything in between, take a look at the gallery for some of the day's highlights.
This years’ St John day also marked the inauguration of Professor Mark Compton as Lord Prior of the Order of St John, succeeding Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Walter Hugh Malcolm Ross.
A message from the new Lord Prior:
It is with great honour and privilege that I now assume the position as Lord Prior of our Order. I am humbled by being selected and appointed to this role and willingly accept the significant responsibility that comes with it. I wish to extend warm congratulations and sincere thanks to our retiring Lord Prior Sir Malcolm Ross for his dedicated and indefatigable work for the Order and those we support. In the 45 years, I have been active with St John I have always been impressed by the quality of the people who serve and the dedication each shows to serving our masters the poor and sick. I see my task now serving you, so together we can all do more for those in most need. I’m excited to be working with all in the Order in this new role to make our great Order even better. “
Prof Mark Compton AM GCStJ, Lord Prior.