Bob Davies writes;
Firstly we sadly report the crossing of the bar of another of our members. Trevor John Attwood MBE passed away suddenly on 13 November at the age of 67. Trevor was a former musician who had served on the hospital ship Uganda during the Falklands War. He was a well liked man who had spent a period of time in the past as our Branch Secretary. We send our condolences to Alyson, Catherine and all the family. Rest in Peace Royal, your duty’s done.
The highlight of this reporting period was the celebration black tie dinner of our Corps’ 353rd birthday, which was held in our club on Thursday 2 November. Prior to the dinner a spot lit drum display was again given on Walmer Green by the Dover and Deal Sea Cadets. Forty-eight members enjoyed a splendid four-course meal prepared by our Stewardess Sue. Our guest of honour was WO1 (RSM) Phil Gilby MBE RM who was joined on the top table by our President Col David Storrie OBE, our Chairman Paul Richardson and Councillor Alan Marsh, a good friend and supporter of the Branch. Also joining us from the serving Corps were WO2 Ian Davies MBE RM, and the RSM’s driver Marine Holland, whose father had served in the Band Service. After dinner our Guest of Honour presented to Capt Jack McNulty RM Retd, at 93 the oldest member of the Branch and also to Marine Holland the youngest person at the dinner, a RM Coin. The Corps RSM then made a presentation to the Branch of a framed commando dagger and in return our Chairman presented to him a watercolour painting of the RMA Club Building which had been especially painted by John Elms. A superb evening.
Remembrance kept us very busy during November with attendances at the Dover Cruise Terminal service on the 8th where our Standards were paraded by ‘Dusty’ and Jimmy, and with the Green Beret Association (GBA) wreath laid by Bob. This was followed on the 11th by the Armistice Day Service at the Cross of Sacrifice in the Hamilton Road cemetery, where the Branch wreath was laid by our President and the GBA wreath by ‘Timber’ Wood. The following day was Deal town’s main Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial Hospital, both Standards were again present, with Gerry Bowers this time carrying the GBA and the Branch wreath laid by our Chairman. On both local events CSgt ‘Pastie’ Cornish sounded the Bugle calls. Attending both services for the first time was a new formation of former Wrens who looked very smart in their especially designed tartan scarves. Lovely to see you all ladies, we look forward to having a long association with you.
The Royal British Legion Concert Band returned to play at Deal on 9 December with the marvellous David Cole MVO conducting and with several of our members playing, including regular RBL Band member Ian Clarkson.
Our stewardess has been very busy during December with the very popular festive dinners, our thanks go to her and her wonderful team of helpers and bar staff for all their hard work, and thanks also for organising the children’s Christmas party and the Grand Christmas Draw with over forty lovely prizes being won. It gets bigger and better every year.
On ending we wish belated congratulations to our former secretary Mike Baxter and his wife Ann having recently celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, our best wishes to you both from all of us.