The Company returned to Mansion House for the Nomination Dinner and of course the installation, in time honoured fashion, of a new Master. The Master elect assisted by the Beadle donned the Master’s Gown and read the Declaration of the Master of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers:
I, John Rowland Blades McBeath, do solemnly and sincerely declare that I will be true to Our Sovereign Lord, King Charles the Third, his Heirs and Lawful Successors. That I shall endeavour myself the best I can whilst I continue in Office, whereunto I am now chosen, justly and indifferently to execute and cause to be executed my Office in every respect and put in due execution all the good and lawful Laws and Ordinances in the Book of Ordinances expressed and contained without assessing or punishing any Person for reward dread favour or affection and of all and every such goods plate jewels sums of money or any other hiring or things whatsoever that by reason of my said Office shall come to my hands charge or custody I shall according to the Ordinances make touching the same yield and make good true and plain account.
His predecessor then invested him with the badge of office, sometimes called the jewel.
Over 250 diners, including Liverymen their guests and Company guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a four course banquet with fine wines in the splendour of the Egyptian Hall. The Post Horn Gallop played by trumpeters from the London Fanfare Trumpets entertained and amused everyone in the traditional style afterwards. Guests included Read Admiral Robert Pedre, Commander UK Strike Force, Colonel Paul Johnson, Commandant Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, Major Luke Dodington, 2i/c the Light Dragoons, Sam Perry, the Birmingham Proof Master and Peter Whitehead from the British Proof Laboratory. Two Gunmakers’ Company Charitable Trust sponsored apprentices, from James Purdey & Sons, Henry Clews and Macie Gray were also guests of the Trust and gave a display of their craftsmanship during the reception.