Dr John Marchant, the head of the National Bakery School, has been recognised for his work by the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

To mark his retirement, Marchant received a ship’s decanter on a specially engraved tray from the Master of Worshipful Company of Bakers Paul Heygate.

The presentation was made at the Company’s recent July Court and Livery lunch at Baker’s Hall.

Heygate praised the work of Dr Marchant, who has been Liveryman of the Company since 1990. He has been with the National Bakery School for 41 years and was appointed head in the mid-1990s.

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has a long standing relationship with the National Bakery School which is now part of London’s South Bank University. Founded in 1894, it is believed to be the oldest bakery school in the world and the Company continues to annually award the Freedom of the Company to the School’s top student.