Seafarers UK Celebrates Centenary at London Guildhall Dinner
The ‘London Centenary Celebration Dinner’ took place on 28 March 2017 at Guildhall, exactly one hundred years to the day since the first meeting took place in the City of London to discuss the formation of the charity. The evening, sponsored by Ruffer LLP, involved a drinks reception, a splendid three-course dinner, music by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and a special auction which raised £12,500 on the night.
Almost 300 guests representing the full maritime spectrum attended the Reception and Dinner in the Guildhall’s Crypts and Great Hall to mark the special occasion. Guests of Honour included Seafarers UK President, HRH The Earl of Wessex, The Lord Mayor Representative Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf DBE, Admiral The Right Honourable The Lord West of Spithead and First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones.
During an after dinner speech, HRH The Earl of Wessex gave his thanks to all for supporting Seafarers UK, and encouraged further support for the charity’s future. Admiral The Lord West also gave a barn-storming speech that banged the drum for the UK’s maritime sector and expertise as a whole, but warned of the risks of continued underinvestment.
A special Centenary film shown on the night highlighted the debt of gratitude we all owe to the generations of seafarers by reflecting upon the sacrifices of the past, and by supporting those still serving and those training to be our seafarers of the future.
Thank you to all who attended this wonderful event and for helping us to continue our grant-making programme in supporting seafarers; past, present and future.