Annual Dinner

The 97th Annual Dinner was held on 23 November 2018 at the Royal Naval Headquarters, Brunswick Dock, Liverpool, with Lt Cdr Richard Lovegrove RN presiding.

Guests were Peter D Woods Esq, the High Sheriff of Merseyside; Commodore Paul Branscombe CBE RN; Captain Patrick Walker CBE RN and Lt Cdr Ian King RNR representing Commander Rourke RNR, CO HMS EAGLET.

Commodore Branscombe gave an informative talk about some of his naval career and also about the work of SSAFA.

An excellent meal provided by our long standing caterers – Martins.

The port was sponsored by ARNO for which we were extremely grateful.

97th Dinner Menu


From left :

1st picture : Commodore Branscombe, Peter Woods Esq the High Sheriff and Captain Walker

2nd picture : Commodore Branscombe and Captain Walker

3rd Picture: Lt Cdr King, Commodore Branscombe, Lt Cdr Lovegrove, the High Sheriff and Captain Walker.


96th Annual Dinner

The 96th Annual Dinner was held on 24 November 2017 at the Royal Naval Headquarters, Brunswick Dock, Liverpool.
Guests were Mr Mark Blundell, Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside; Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Lord Mayor of Liverpool;  Captain Patrick Walker CBE RN; Patron of the Sea Urchins: Commodore Martin Quinn ADC RNR. Commander Maritime Reserves; Commodore Phil Waterhouse RN, Naval Regional Commander Northern England and the Isle of Man and the Commanding Officer of HMS EAGLET, Commander Steve Hoyle RNR.

The “Return of Thanks” was very special this year being the 100th Anniversary of the WRNS and the Reverend David Gamble read the Wrens’ Prayer.

Commodore Quinn gave a very entertaining and informative speech about his long term links to Liverpool, meeting up with old friends and details of his current role and an update on the Royal Navy. A moments silence and reflection was held in respect of the loss of the Argentinian submarine ARA San Juan, the sailors onboard and their families.

The President responded with a  final toast to “The Royal Navy and the Reserve”, the diners withdrew to the Wardroom Bar!

A most enjoyable evening for all the diners.

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Annual Dinner 2017

Commodore Martin Quinn and Captain Patrick Walker