Joe Smith reported that, as always on that Sunday of the year, they met at the Torpedo Memorial to honour our fallen shipmates. There were so many of them, and now so few veterans remaining. In fact their Sea Cadets outnumbered their veterans by 2 to 1, and he said what a really good bunch they were: they do the Branch proud. On Remembrance Sunday the Cadets had even laid the Branch wreath at the Town Memorial on their behalf as no veteran was able to do so. Joe said that although he was not able to attend the Memorial itself, the Chairman had kindly driven him by car to a place nearby. Thus, although unable to leave the car, he was able to see and follow the Service.
Len Mears DSM had received Branch Newsletters from North Midlands and London Branches to whom he expressed his thanks for keeping in touch. Acting in his second role as Treasurer Len was happy to report that the Branch was still ‘in the black’. He was sorry to have learned of the death of member Fred Rogers. The Branch had been represented at the funeral by Frank and Ken Leigh. Many members of his local RNA Branch were also in attendance. Fred had been a loyal member of the Branch and a regular attendee at all their meetings. He would be greatly missed.