The Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George held its annual celebration of the Queen’s official birthday at Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston on Saturday June 8.
This year it welcomed a former assistant police commissioner of Hong Kong and international president of the Royal Society of St George, John Clemence, as its guest of honour.
Branch chairman Bob Peedle (MBE) thanked the mayors of Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe for their support of the Veterans’ and Armed Forces’ Day which will be on Saturday June 29 at the Martello Fields in Seaford.
Bob said: “This dinner, which has become an annual event for the branch, was once again a delightful celebration and gave us the chance to show pride and loyalty to our Royal Society’s Patron, HM The Queen.
“At these formal events one of the toasts is always to ‘England and St George’, and this is enthusiastically supported by all present.”
The mayors of all five towns in the branch’s area attended, as did two couples from Germany as part of Seaford’s twinning with their towns.
They were looked after by branch members Laurie Holland and Mark Brown.
Bob outlined how June 29 would be long remembered, as in 1982 the Sir Galahad disaster took place during the Falklands conflict.
One guest at the dinner, who remembered that war well, was Eon Matthews, who was a crew member on HMS Cumberland, which four days later was struck by an Exocet missile.
The Royal Society of St George states its objectives as:
To foster the love of England and to strengthen England and the Commonwealth by spreading the knowledge of English history, traditions and ideals.
To keep fresh the memory of those in all walks of life, who have served England or the Commonwealth in the past, to inspire leadership in the future.
To combat all activities likely to undermine the strength of England or the Commonwealth.
To further English interest everywhere to ensure that St George’s Day is properly celebrated and to provide focal points all the world over where English men and women may gather together.
It was founded in 1894. Its first royal patron was Queen Victoria.