Recently on Saturday 22nd October our association commemorated the “Battle of Trafalgar” by holding a dinner at Horsforth golf club. It was well attended with 97 members and guests who enjoyed a memorable evening. Commander Martin Gill the Commanding Officer of the submarine HMS Vanguard along with his wife Hayley were the guests of honour on this great naval occasion.
We were also thrilled to have with us 20 ships company from HMS Ceres the Leeds based Royal Naval Reserve. It is important these days that organisations such as the RNA attend each other’s events so we were thrilled when the Yorkshire branch of the Malaya & Borneo Veteran Association attended this commemoration dinner to Admiral Lord Nelson. Major Laxmi Bantawa who previously served with the Gurkha regiment for many years attend the function along with his wife.
Everyone who attended enjoyed a wonderful evening of traditional naval formalities and lots of nautical banter. We set up a naval rum barrel and the “rum bosun” issued out the tots of rum when we “Spliced the Mainbraice”. A toast to both “Admiral Lord Nelson” and “Her Majesty The Queen” took place following the speeches.
Everyone is looking forward to next year’s dinner which will be held on Trafalgar Day the 21st October 2017.