A Barrel of Laughs: Coopers Company Launches Inaugural Cask Race

A Barrel of Laughs: Coopers Company Launches Inaugural Cask Race
On Saturday 25th June, livery companies, military organisations and corporations from across the City took to Guildhall Yard, the historic site of London’s Roman amphitheatre, to contest the inaugural Coopers Company Cask Race Day.

In a full day of fierce competition running three barrels from the Hook Norton Brewery, the coopering skills of the Guild of Young Freemen were put to good use repairing the thoroughly abused traditional wooden casks. Twelve teams competed, with the Young Coopers winning Pool One, Coopers and Coborn School Staff taking Pool Two and the Yeoman Warders - including the Company’s Deputy Beadle Yeoman Warder Scott Kelly - triumphing in Pool Three.

The results were very close with only half a second separating the winning team from the runners-up. After a day of racing, the Young Coopers team, fresh from its recent victory in the Young Inter-Livery Quiz, won the Cask Race. A big congratulations to Christian Kitley for his winning effort.

The Cask Race Committee would like to thank the teams and supporters who overcame the largest rail strikes in decades to support the Coopers’ Company in a great day of racing and fundraising. It was a wonderful event, and we look forward to doing it all again next year.