To celebrate the 354th Birthday of the formation of the Royal Marines on the 28th October 1664, a formal dinner was held in the Club on Thursday 1st November 2018.
Forty- eight Branch members enjoyed a splendid four- course meal prepared by our stewardess Sue, and served by her lovely team of young helpers. A starter of smoked mackerel was followed by the main course of roast beef with all the trimmings, and then home made banoffee pie or fresh fruit salad, and was finished with cheese, biscuits, coffee and mints.
Our Guest of Honour was Brigadier Richard Spencer CBE RM (Retd) the CEO of the Royal Marines Association. Also on the top table were our President Col David Storrie OBE RM (Retd) with his lovely wife, and Cllr Alan Marsh, a good friend and supporter of the Branch for many years.
Our Chairman Mr Paul Richardson gave a welcoming address, our Secretary Mr Archie Houston said Grace, and later proposed the toast to ‘Absent Friends’. The President proposed the toast to ‘Her Majesty The Queen’, the Chairman proposed the toast to ‘The Captain General’ and ‘The Royal Marines’ was proposed by CSgt Andy Cornish RM, who also acted as our Master of Ceremonies.
On completion of the dinner, whilst all present enjoyed a glass or two of some fine Port, the Guest of Honour gave an interesting and informative talk on the present and future of the Royal Marines Association.
Our thanks go to all those involved in making this special evening an outstanding success.
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.