The most important day in the Company’s calendar started at 9.30 am with a Court meeting in the Court Room of Drapers’ Hall. Presided over by the Master, Air Cdre Stephen Anderton, the meeting concluded with the Court processing into the Drawing Room where the ceremonies for installing the new Master, Wardens and Court Assistants, and conferring Company Freedoms and clothing new Liverymen were to take place.
Outgoing Master Stephen Anderton Installed Mr Philip Hagon QPM as Master for the ensuing year, who in turn installed Senior Warden Mike Barley and Junior Warden Steve Emmins. This was then followed by the swearing-in of new Court Assistants, granting Company Freedom by Servitude to completing Apprentices, granting Company Freedom to Members and finally clothing new Liverymen.
Freedom by Servitude
New Court Assistants
At the conclusion of the ceremonies, guests, including Principal guest, Deputy Met Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey QPM, were invited to join the Master and Wardens in a pre-lunch drinks reception.
Having enjoyed the company of fellow guests during the reception, everyone was called into lunch by the Toastmaster, and assembled in the Livery Hall where the new Master, Wardens and principal guests were welcomed to the top table in traditional fashion with the playing of the Company’s Anthem; grace was said by the Hon Chaplain, Revd Canon Roger Hall MBE and luncheon commenced!
The meal was followed by the traditional round of speeches, with toasts by the Master to the Queen, the Royal Family, and the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation; the principal guests were introduced by Snr Warden Mike Barley, who then welcomed them with a toast.
Next in the proceedings was the presentation of the RAF Regiment NCO Leadership Award - The Ben Flenley Memorial Bowl – to Sgt Iain Dickinson by the Master, who then followed this with a toast to the Immediate Past Master, and then gave a thoroughly entertaining speech.
The luncheon was concluded with the presentation of Honorary Freedom to Sir Craig Mackey QPM who, on behalf of the guests, proposed a toast to the company.
As tradition dictates the lunch was followed by refreshments at the Phoenix where members and guests continued to enjoy the day!
We are very grateful to ICTS
for their generous sponsorship of the Installation Lunch
All images copyright of Gerald Sharp Photography