Jan/Feb 2015

Bob Davies writes;

The Branch held a very special black tie dinner on the evening of 30 October to celebrate the 350th Birthday of our Corps. Prior to the meal a musical display was performed on the green opposite the club by the Hythe unit of the Sea Cadets, after which, forty members enjoyed a fine four course meal prepared by our Steward, Julie. Our Guests of Honour were our President, Col. David Storrie RM Rtd, Warrant Officer Nick Barrett, and Councillor Alan Marsh, our good friend and supporter. Our secretary, Mike Baxter read the Conveying Order which established the beginnings of our Corps all those years ago, and Andy ‘Pastie’ Cornish proposed the toast to the Royal Marines. A fine evening held in grand style and a fitting occasion to celebrate this terrific milestone in the history of our illustrious Corps.

November has been a time of remembrance, and the Branch was first represented at the service held in the cruise terminal buildings within Dover’s Western Docks. This service also marked the 50th anniversary of the British Torch of Remembrance which every year makes its journey from Westminster Abbey to the Menin Gate. Gerry Bowers paraded the Branch Standard, Jimmy Greene the GBA Standard, and Ben Stones laid a wreath.

Deal towns main Act of Remembrance was held at the War Memorial Hospital on Sunday 9 November. Ten Veterans Association Standards were in attendance, with Gerry and Jimmy carrying ours, and Bob parading the RNA Standard. Our chairman Paul ‘Riggo’ Richardson laid a wreath on behalf of the Branch. On conclusion of the service a march took place, led by the local Air Cadet Band, and the salute was taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent. A social took place afterwards in the club.

On Tuesday the 11th, an Armistice Day service took place at the town’s War Graves Memorial, once more we paraded three Standards and the Branch wreath was laid by our secretary Mike. The Parade Marshall at both events was Malcolm Wells.

At the November meeting, our Chairman ‘Riggo’ presented Jim Strathdee with a certificate from the RMA Chief Executive, Brigadier Mike Ellis OBE, in recognition of his contribution to the Branch and Club since 2006. Well deserved Jim, and a very big thank you from all the members of the Branch and club for all the work you do for us.

The Branch is sponsoring the last night of the ‘Sgts' Mess’ pantomime which raises so much money for local and national charities. This years show is ‘Pirates of the Curried Beans' and if the last two years efforts are anything to go by, we should enjoy a thoroughly entertaining evening.

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