Branch celebrates 50th anniversary

From left, , Bourne branch's oldest member and chairman of the dinner organising committee, Shipmate Bert Johns, President Area 9 Shipmate George Holmes, National president Vice Admiral John McAnally, Bourne mayor Helen Powell, Bourne branch president Nobby middleton, and National vice chairman Shipmate Keith Crawford
From left, , Bourne branch's oldest member and chairman of the dinner organising committee, Shipmate Bert Johns, President Area 9 Shipmate George Holmes, National president Vice Admiral John McAnally, Bourne mayor Helen Powell, Bourne branch president Nobby middleton, and National vice chairman Shipmate Keith Crawford
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The 50th anniversary of a naval group was celebrated with a special dinner on Sunday.

More than 130 members and guests of the Bourne Royal Naval Association sat down to enjoy a five course meal to mark the anniversary of the Bourne branch.

The Royal Naval Association is for everyone. It is for people who are currently serving or have served in the Naval service but it is also for family and friends. On Sunday the guests, including Vice Admiral John McAnally, also enjoyed nautical theme entertainment.

Branch secretary Brenda White said: “It was a very good day indeed. We are a very small branch so it was nice to be able to combine with the Area Nine annual lunch.”

Guests from branches in Boston, Splading, Sleaford, Mansfield, Nottingham, Lincoln, Grantham, Newark and Ketton attended the meal.

Before the dinner the Area Nine and Bourne branch standards were paraded into the hall.

A large raffle was held and all the prizes were distributed to the lucky winners.

The Bourne branch is looking for new members to attend its meeting at The Red Cross Hall, Harrington Street, on the second Wednesday of every month at 2pm.

Anyone seeking more information about joining the group should call Mrs White on 01780 753787.