A celebration of our Royal Marines Corps 353rd Birthday took place on Saturday 2nd November and took the form of a formal black tie dinner. Forty eight Branch and club members enjoyed a fine 4 course meal prepared by our stewardess Sue and served by her lovely band of helpers. The main course was roast beef with all the trimmings, followed by home made strawberry cheesecake, rounded off with cheese, biscuits, coffee and mints.
Our Guest of Honour was WO1 (RSM) Phil Gilby MBE RM, who was joined on the top table by our President Col David Storey OBE RM (Retd) and Cllr Alan Marsh from KCC, our good friend and supporter. Also joining us from the serving Corps were WO2 Ian Davies MBE, and the RSMs driver Marine Holland, whose father had served in the band service.
Jeff Knight gave Grace, and CSgt ‘ Pastie’ Cornish acted as our Master of Ceremonies.
The Toasts were ‘Absent Friends’ proposed by Archie Houston, who also read out the Citation. ‘Her Majesty The Queen’ was proposed by our President, ‘The Captain General’ by our Chairman Paul ‘Riggo’ Richardson, and ‘The Royal Marines’ by Jim Strathdee.
After dinner our Guest of Honour gave an interesting and informative talk on the present and future of our Corps, and then presented a Royal Marines coin to Capt Jack McNulty RM (Retd), at 93 the oldest member of the Branch, and one to Mne Holland the youngest person at the dinner.
The Corps RSM then made a presentation to the Branch of a framed Commando Dagger which was received by our Chairman who in turn presented to him a watercolour painting of the RMA club which had been especially painted by member Mr John Elms.
Our thanks go to all who helped to make this special evening a resounding success.
BD On the 28th October 1664 The Admiral’s Regiment
(Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot)
later to become The Royal Marines was formed.