In these extraordinary times of pandemic restrictions, once again the Club was unable to dine together as planned on Founders’ Day. However, it was strongly felt that this occasion should be properly marked and thus a ZOOM video conference event was held with 110 members attending on the evening of 4 February, with 3 members of the Admiralty Board attending as guests. Excellent speeches were heard by both the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Ben Wallace, and the First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin; each were also generous with their time and took questions from the “audience”. Formalities were ended with our traditional toasts, with members and guests providing their own drink, although a bottle of fine port was subsequently sent to our 3 guests to replenish their stocks at our expense.
Plans for the next dinner on 4 June 2021 onboard RY BRITANNIA in Leith currently remain in place awaiting the possible lifting of restrictions. The Secretary will keep the membership advised.