On Thursday, 12 May 2016 the Company held its Annual Livery Banquet at the beautiful Carpenters Hall. This was preceded by a truly wonderful and memorable display of the company's treasures as part of the company's 600th Anniversary celebrations.
Among the 60 or so beautifully preserved and highly polished treasures were the world famous Breeches Bible, the Clerk's Minute Book from 1666, many beautiful rosewater dishes and ewers, loving cups of all shapes and sizes, cigar boxes, chairs and many more interesting and ancient artefacts. The company's grateful thanks were expressed by the Master to Liveryman and Steward, Dr David Allen who worked tirelessly to arrange the magnificent exhibition.
The exhibition was followed by a champagne reception and sumptuous five course banquet, with superb music and entertainment provided by the Middlesex and North West London Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums, much to the delight of the Company and guests.
The Company was honoured to be joined by Principal Guest, the Very Rev Andrew Nunn, the Dean of Southwark, who made a very entertaining and thought provoking after dinner speech.
Other special guests included Dr Peter Ross, Principal Librarian at the Guildhall Library, Mr Howard Doble, Head Archivist at the Metropolitan Archives, and Mr Peter Cameron of the Goldsmiths Company, who gave their time generously in assisting with the wonderful exhibition.
We were also joined by Second Lieutenants Anthony Butler and Christopher Hayes of the Royal Engineers and Mrs Pauline Halliday OBE, the first female non-aldermanic Sheriff of the city of London.
All in all the Annual Livery Banquet and Exhibition of Company Treasures proved to be a truly wonderful event in the Company's calendar and must rank as one of the highlights of the Master's Year.