Milestone for shipmates

Submitted - naval celebration
Submitted - naval celebration

HMS Glory Association visited Chesterfield to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Former shipmates – who saw action in the Far East, took the surrender of the Japanese navy in 1945 and were involved in the Korean conflict of 1951-3 on the light fleet carrier – gathered at the Chesterfield Hotel for the weekend.

A special celebratory dinner was attended by dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker, Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Peter Barr and Rev Michael Knight of the crooked spire church.

Cadets from the local Sea Cadets TS Danae carried out Naval duties and were congratulated for their performance.

The loyal toast was proposed by the Lord Lieutenant, followed by the immortal toast to Lord Nelson, with the final toast to absent friends and shipmates.

Singer Karen West led the company in singing for the first time in 50 years.

The evening culminated in a fine performance by the Glory choir of their anthem “Glory, Glory Hallelujah”

l Trevor Boulding sent in this photograph and is pictured centre with the youngest cadet, who cut the cake, and Arthur Norman.