Installation Dinner Vintners Hall
21st April 2023
My installation on 21st April seemed a long way away when I became Upper Warden in 2021, as I knew then that it would be two years before, subject to election, I would be installed as Master. As to be expected, those two years passed quickly and almost before I knew it, I was at the beginning of the Reception Line at Vintners’ Hall.
I had become Master around 3.45pm that day and one of my first tasks at the Court meeting had been to install our retiring Clerk, Shaun Mackaness, and his wife Mary as Freemen of the Company. I was then able at the Installation Dinner to make a presentation to Shaun, something which the whole of the Framework Knitters’ Company had managed to keep secret from Shaun. I have been told that Shaun looked somewhat nervous when I asked him to stand, as he thought he might have to speak, but I was able to reassure both him and all those attending that that would not be required.
The principal guests at the Dinner were Mr Clive Hawkins, Master Glover, the Upper Bailiff Weaver, Mr Peter Baxendell, together with his wife Gillian, and the BBC Health Editor, Hugh Pym. Past Master, Julian Ellis proposed the toast to the guests, in his inimitable style, to which Hugh responded and proposed the Toast to the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters.
We were also entertained to some fine singing by three students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The evening concluded with a stirrup cup to which many stayed, but we did manage to vacate the Hall (just) before the appointed time. remove this text