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Ashley shows he’s the master of silver ceremonies

Published: 2nd November 2018


Assay Master Ashley Carson showed he was also the master of silver ceremonies when he marked his 25th anniversary working for the Sheffield Assay Office. 

Ashley has held the prestigious title for a quarter of a century since joining the Sheffield Assay Office straight from school. 

He marked the milestone by hosting a celebratory event with his friends, family, colleagues and dignitaries from across the city. 

The evening was a tremendous success. With guests including The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Lord Mayor, Master Cutler and the Queen’s Assay Master.

Together with senior management and their partners, friends and family. 54 in total attended with entertainment from Russell Shaun and magic from local magician Andy Taylor.

The event which was held at Guardians' Hall, Hillsborough was attended by the Queens Assay Master, Graeme Smith, the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid, and the Master Cutler, Nicholas Cragg.

There was entertainment from Russell Shaun and magician Andy Taylor. Ashley was also presented with a special goblet to mark the occasion, created by Kurt Calow.

Ashley said: “The event was a tremendous success. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces from my past and present career celebrating with me alongside my friends and family. 

“I still feel as proud to hold the prestigious Assay Master title as I did 25 years ago so it was really humbling to bring everyone together to say thank you for the supportthey have shown for the Sheffield Assay Office and to me personally over the years.

“We raised a toast to the future and it’s exciting to think what the next 25 years will bring.”

The Sheffield Assay Office was established in 1773, under an Act of Parliament and today the company assays and hallmarks the precious metals - silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Sheffield Assay Office is one of only four UK assay offices who all work to uphold the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and continue to ensure consumer protection for customers purchasing precious metals.

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