The 37th Association reunion and service of remembrance was a different affair compared to the last few years. The Church Service was well attended but started at the earlier time of 13:00 due to a wedding at 15:00. As always the cadets and officers of T.S. Ardent added a splash of colour to the event.
Before Admiral Lord West read out the roll of honour for our 22 lost shipmates the Church was filled with a pitch perfect rendering of the Last Post,delivered by 14 year old Luis, grandson of Pete and Theresa great nephew to Richie, the association is truly a family affair. It was this togetherness that featured at the centre of the sermon from Ken our vicar. Explaining the difficulties many ex-forces personal face rough sleeping in Plymouth, many with PTSD, Ken thanked the association for the 37 years of support we have provided to each other. It was a truly moving sermon and service and the congregation also had a minute’s silence to remember the crew of HMS Coventry on their anniversary of being lost in action in 1982.
Two new cadets joined the regulars from T.S. Ardent along with a new adult officer Nathan Flood. Nathan was no new comer though as he had been to a number reunions as a cadet and met HRH The Duchess of Gloucester at the 25th reunion in 2012.
Fundraising continues to find the costs of building a new clubhouse for the cadets. The association will be announcing a fund raising dinner in our next newsletter and details of their online campaign can be viewed here:
The evening reunion was at a new venue this being the Plymouth Albion RFC clubhouse. More on the new venue will be in the next newsletter when we have gathered more feedback. However, it was a fun evening and great to catch up with everyone.