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London Bakers a Bit Tardy in Apologizing for Fire--320 Years

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Associated Press

London’s bakers apologized to the mayor today for setting fire to the city.

The Great Fire of London happened in 1666, but in a country that not only treasures its history but often seems to be living in it, what’s a mere 320 years?

So the members of the Worshipful Company of Bakers gathered in Pudding Lane at the place where the fire began. Watched by a small crowd of dignitaries and bemused bystanders, the bakers formally acknowledged what Londoners have known for some time: that the fire was started by Thomas Faryner, the king’s baker, who failed to douse his oven before turning in on Saturday night, Sept. 1, 1666.

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Master Baker John Copeman presented the Lord Mayor of London, Allen Davis, with a scroll written by the bakers “as an acknowledgement of their regret for the great damage caused by one of their number.”

Davis said: “It’s never too late to apologize.”


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