Wednesday 5th June 2013
Installation is always a time of mixed emotions for the outgoing and incoming Masters with the outgoing Master sad at standing down but relieved he's dodged all the bullets and nothing embarrasing has happened and the incoming Master full of anticipation mixed with a bit of trepidation and suddenly realising all the things he doesn't know. Fortunately, Michael Prideaux had had an extremely successful year with a record intake of new Freemen and Liverymen and excellent events supported by memorable food and wine. As incoming Master, I was most pleased for a stunning June day on board HQS Wellington, the Hall of The Worshipful Company of Master Mariners. We had an excellent luncheon provided by Mark Grove of The Cook and the Butler and a fascinating principle guest in General Sir Mike Jackson who spoke on the unwritten contract between the Nation and the Armed Forces.