July/Aug 2015

Bob Davies writes

We were sorry to hear that former WOII Joe Hale has crossed the bar in Australia. He visited our club in 2011 when he was over. We send our condolences to Margaret and the family.

On Sunday 10 May a service took place at our War Memorial Hospital to rededicate the Memorial Cross, and the Book of Remembrance which names those from the area who lost their lives during WW2. This was included in a service to mark VE Day, and was attended by the town Mayor, councillors, veterans and members of the public. Our Branch was represented by our Vice President, Jack McNulty, our secretary Mike Baxter, and ‘Dusty’ Miller, who carried our Standard. Six other Standards on parade included the RNA Standard carried by Bob Davies. On completion a buffet reception was held in the RBL Club.

The spring SE Region meeting of the RMA was held in the club on Saturday 16, chaired by Charlie Hobson and was attended by many Branch and area members. An update on the changes to the Association was given.

The following day Sunday 17, and Jimmy Greene, Ben Stones, ‘Timber’ Wood, Bob, and Mick and Marion McGuire travelled up to London for the Graspan Parade. We formed up on Horseguards, before marching off for the service and march down The Mall. A great day was rounded off by a superb reception, held this year in the UJC. Our thanks to all those involved in the organisation of this event, one of our Association’s yearly highlights.

Bob represented our Branch at the parade and Service of Remembrance in Ramsgate to mark the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk, ‘Operation Dynamo’. The service was held in a large marquee on the Royal Harbour pier and began with a parade of the many Standards in attendance. Following the service a march around the harbour took place with the salute taken by Viscount De L’Isle, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent. The event concluded with a buffet reception.

June was the month for us to carry out the page turning in the Book of Remembrance mentioned above. This now takes place at 1100hrs on the first Monday of the month by veterans associations on a rota system. Members are requested to make every effort to attend this 5 minute occasion, dates of which are published on the Branch notice board.

The official birthday of HM The Queen on Saturday 13 June was celebrated by a special dinner in the club that same evening. Thirty members and guests enjoyed a three- course meal prepared by our steward Sue. Our chairman, Paul ‘Riggo’ Richardson proposed the toast to Her Majesty, other toasts were proposed by Mike Conn, Anita Walton and Garry Moore. A good evening that we hope will become a regular event.

Bob once again represented us at a ceremony to raise the Armed Forces Day flag over the town hall. Our Mayor was joined by many local dignitaries and serving, reserve and veterans of the Armed Forces.

Deal’s celebration of Armed Forces Day took place on Sunday 28 with a Drumhead Service and Parade on the apron of our pier. A bright and sunny morning ensured a good turn out of Standards and veterans with the music and bugler provided by the Snowdown Colliery Band. The Parade Marshall was Malcolm Wells. At the end of the service a short march took place with the salute taken by our President Col David Storrie OBE RM.

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