Veterans host ladies’ dinner

Veterans Dinner.
Veterans Dinner.

The 45 Commando Veterans Scotland held their annual ladies’ night dinner in the function suite of the Anchor Bar in Arbroath on Saturday evening.

Guests of honour were 45 Commando veterans’ president the Right Honorable Earl of Dalhousie, Colour Sergeant and author Dave Lilburn R.M. M.B.E. of Help our Wounded charity and Jimmy Jukes of UK Homes for Heroes charity.

Both Dave Lilburn and Jimmy Jukes flew up from London to attend the evening and were accommodated at RM Condor.

Former WO2 Company Sergeant Major George Mechin lit the absent friends candle while the Royal Marines citation was read by Marine John Paterson.

Over 50 attended enjoying a meal, with the Royal Navy providing the waiting staff in the form of the local Sea Cadet Force.

Entertainment was provided by a disco, which brought back memories of the days when the former marines used to attend the Golden Quaich at the same venue.

The following toasts were made: Her Majesty The Queen, Right Honorable Earl of Dalhousie; The Captain General, Mr Dave Lilburn MBE; The Royal Marines, Mr Jimmy Jukes; 45 Commando Royal Marines Condor, Stuart Lavery, chairman of 45 Commando Veterans Scotland; the Scots Guards, Mr Dave Cuthill, chairman of Dundee and Angus Scots Guards Association); Absent friends, Mr Dave McCaig.