On Saturday 22 October 2011, shipmates from Huntingdon & District Branch celebrated Trafalgar Night at the Huntingdon Masonic Lodge, The Priory.
Shipmates mustered in the bar for a pre-dinner drink before Ben ‘piped’ hands-to-dinner. We all proceeded to the dining hall and took our places at each table. The Padre was then asked to say grace before we sat down to eat.
Once the meal was finished (and a mighty fine meal it was), Geoff opened the bottle of Pusser’s Rum for the Loyal Toast.
Geoff went round each table ensuring everyone had a full glass.
Once everyone has their glass filled, we stand for the Loyal Toast…The Queen. Graham reminded us of why we were celebrating tonight, and asked us to stand for the second toast of the evening, The Immortal Memory.
The next event for the evening was a presentation by Graham on Stoker 1st Class, William John Eveleigh. William served, and died onboard HMS Invincible on the 31st May, 1916, at the Battle of Jutland. Graham brought William’s medals for all to see, and he used official records to describe the fate of a young sailor – a reminder to all of the dedication to duty of our personnel in the Armed Forces.
On completion of Graham’s presentation it was time for the raffle.
Sadly, all good things come to an end. With the raffle completed, shipmates prepared to go home.
The Huntingdon & District Branch dinner was a great success. Thanks go to all that made it such a great evening, sadly a number of shipmates were unable to attend, but they were with us in spirit. For some of us, this was not the end of the night’s festivities, a small naval party proceeded to the George Hotel for a quick night-cap. I am now eagerly awaiting the next get-together of the branch. Thank you shipmates.