Lunch at the Royal Navy and Royal Albert Yacht Club.
All good things come to an end and the Reunion closed with our farewell lunch in the wonderful setting of the Royal Navy & Royal Albert Yacht Club in Old Portsmouth. In spite of the scaffolding outside the entrance and the strong winds which almost blew us over we were all safely welcomed inside by David Precious (1959) and made as comfortable (as possible) by the staff of the Club.
John Marden (1967), our Vice-Chairman sent us on our way with final words of appreciation and with lasting memories of three special days in the long life of the "Worcester".
Portsmouth Cathedral Service
We were blessed with fine weather and this allowed Loriol Williamson (1953) to hoist the Queensland Worcester Ensign from the Cathedral's flag staff. The Service was led by The Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, and officiated by our very own three OW ordained clergy, Ian Stewart (1950) from the USA, Rob Watson (1959) and Paul Whittles (1962) from the UK. Ian read a seafarers version of the 23rd Psalm which, by popular demand, will be reproduced in The Dog Watch. Canon Huw Mosford of The Mission to Seafarers gave the adddress.
The hymn singing, without a choir, was rousing with complimentary remarks being made by the organist Dr David Price. We are indebted to our six OW sidesmen, led by Ian Walker (1955) who ably conducted us to our seats and undertook the collection which resulted in almost £1900 being distributed to our three charities for the day.