Dining Night on “HMS Victory” by courtesy of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass
Two members of the SIM Livery availed themselves and their wives of the opportunity of being at a formal Dinner aboard Nelson’s Flagship, HMS Victory at Portsmouth on Saturday 8th June 2019 on the occasion of the Master’s weekend of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.
Seated at a long table down one side of the Lower Gun Deck adjacent to the massive 3.5 ton cannons, were 85+ guests. The event sparkled with all the charm of celebrating the famous victory at Trafalgar, but on this occasion, the guns were silent, the smell of cordite replaced by food, wine and Port, allowing a convivial exchange of views punctuated by the Glaziers Master, Andrew Lane, explaining three common folk-law sayings with origins from the sea, viz: “Toeing the Line”, “Cold enough to freeze the (cannon) balls on a brass Monkey” and “pulling your finger out” – the last in relation to the fuse hole in a cannon!
The address was given by Commodore Craig Wood RN, Commander Portsmouth Flotilla, who vividly described the way that our naval forces contributed to keeping the peace in a troubled World. The Grace was given by The Rev James Francis RN, Chief of Staff, Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, in the form of a Prayer written by Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson.
In his address, the Master welcomed Members from WCSIM and hoped that such interchanges between different Liveries could be encouraged and sustained.
This was a most fascinating and memorable occasion in dramatic surroundings.
Dr Barrie L Reece, Liveryman