On 9th August 2019, our Shipmate David White, President of No.4 Area, presented the ‘Netherlands Plate’ to the Mayor of Falmouth for safe keeping. David said “It has always been the intention of the Area Committee to seek a suitable home that will accept the plate into its care, in a secure place, allowing the item to be viewed by the general public. It goes without saying that the Area Committee and Shipmates are very pleased a permanent home has now been found for its safe keeping and such wonderful availability for public viewing. Our gratitude and thanks go to the Mayor, Officers and Members of Falmouth Town Council for allowing this presentation to take place” In reply the Mayor said “ It is a pleasure to receive the Netherlands plate which will be put on show in the Council Chamber for the public to view and displayed at Civic events such as Sea Sunday”.
Background – In 1994 the Netherlands sent hand painted commemorative plates to the UK to mark 50 years since the liberation of their country towards the end of World War II . The RNA received 14 of the plates, one for each of the 13 Areas of the Association and one for the RNA HQ office. Each plate has a covering letter signed by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, who was Commander-in-Chief of the Dutch armed forces during the war.
Content courtesy of Falmouth Town Council1565712865791_Nederlands Plate + letter