At 1915 our Toast Master, Charles H, asked Ordinary Cadet Rosie French to ‘Pipe the Still’. This having the desired effect, she went on to, brilliantly, pipe ‘Hands to
Dinner’. BZ to her. After our guest of honour had been escorted to his place by the Vice Chairman, Nigel Rimell, the Branch Standard was paraded in by S/M Ben Cartwright. After Grace, said by S/M Anne Robbins, we were treated to an excellent meal, served very efficiently by Cheryl and Lou and their teams.
Having, eventually, passed the port, the Vice Chairman proposed the toast to ‘Our Sovereign Lady and Patron, Her Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second’ which was well received.
S/M Cartwright, having thanked the Committee for their hard work, and the Members for their regular attendance at meetings proposed the toast to ‘The Royal Naval Association and the Portland Branch in particular.’
S/M Pam Oswald recited a poem ‘Oh to be young again’ printed on the reverse of the menu, before S/M Alex Oswald proposed the toast to ‘Our Guests and Ladies.’
This was responded to, in an excellent manner by Dick Barton. Full of good humour and nostalgia. If I didn’t know better I think he may have been caught in a down-draught from the boilers!
On behalf of the Branch Dick was presented with a bouquet of flowers for Ann.
The toasts being completed we were invited to ‘Skylarking and Dancing.’ Music courtesy of Paul Laming.
Same again next year (please).
24th April 2017
From the comments received a very good evening was had by all……………..