Bob Davies writes:
A celebration of our Corps 352nd Birthday took place in the Club on Thursday 27 October 2016 with a black tie dinner. Prior to the dinner a spot lit drum display was given on Walmer Green by the Dover & Deal Sea Cadets. Over 40 members, which included two former Wrens, enjoyed a superb meal prepared by our stewardess Sue, and served by her very efficient band of helpers. Our Guest of Honour was WO1 A J Pinner RM, the Corps Bugle Major. Our President, Col David Storrie was unable to attend owing to illness, but the top table included our Chairman, Mr Paul ‘Riggo’ Richardson, C/Sgt Andy ‘Pastie’ Cornish RM, and once again our good friend and supporter Councillor Alan Marsh. The citation and toast to the ‘Royal Marines’ was given by Mr Lew Cooper. At the end of the meal our Guest of Honour presented to our Chairman a framed photograph of the RM Band, the USMC Band and the RNMC Band marching down the Mall in London during the 350 th birthday celebrations. This was a gift to the Branch from the Corps RSM WO1(RSM) Phil Gilby MBE RM. We thank you very much.
The November Remembrance period kept our members and the Standard Bearers busy with attendances at the Dover Cruise Terminal, Armistice Day at the Cross of Sacrifice in our local cemetery, and of course the main event for Deal, Remembrance Sunday at the town’s War Memorial Hospital. Many thanks to all who attended, especially the Standard Bearers.
Our stewardess has been kept extremely busy during the month of December with Christmas dinners being served several times a week, with over 30 diners enjoying the festive meal on Friday 16th! Well done Sue for that, and also for organising the very popular children’s christmas party and the Grand Draw with loads of excellent ‘prezzies’, including the top prize of a 40inch TV which was won by Mark, the son of our Chairman.
January has been the turn of the Branch to ‘Turn the Page’ in the Book of Remembrance in the foyer of the War Memorial Hospital. Our next time will be during the month of July, so contact our Secretary to see how you can support this important duty.
The Branch and Club now looks forward to another busy 2017 including increasing our membership and improving and maintaining the fabric of this lovely old building for all members of the Royal Marines family to enjoy for generations to come.