Friday 2nd September 2005
10:00 hrs Dover Annual Merchant Navy Day Service Old Town Hall Dover (Biggin Street). The Red Duster permanently fly's over the Town Hall and all seafarers are welcome. The Normandy Veterans will also be in attendance as will, the Royal Naval Association, Royal Marines and the Special Forces Commandoes.
10.25 hrs Standard bearers arrive and congregate by the side of the Town Hall (dry weather) or in Connaught Hall (wet weather). Guests arrive in Stone Hall.
10.25 hrs The Reverend enters from the Council Chambers at rear of Stone Hall and takes his place.
10.30 hrs Sound the 'Alert' by the bugler. Standard bearers march up the stairs through the Stone Hall to dais at rear of Stone Hall (dry weather) or from Connaught Hall (wet weather).
10.35 hrs The Service of Celebration.
10.55 hrs Address by Mr Donald Hunter, Chairman of the Kent Branch of the Merchant Navy Association.
11.00 hrs Closing address by Cllr Pat Heath, Chairman of Dover District Council.
11.05 hrs Standard bears march out of hall.
11.10 hrs Coffee/tea and biscuits served in Connaught Hall.
11.45 hrs Dover Annual Merchant Navy Day Event closes.
17:00 hrs PWSTS Reunion - Pre drinks in the Churchill Hotel bar, viewing of memorabilia, photographs and continual showing of PWSTS film.
17.00 hrs PWSTS memorabilia on
sale from Alan Playford (PWSTS 1958)
19:00 hrs Reunion dinner (menu). Grace by Reverend Sean Michael Carter (British and International Sailors Society).
20:30 hrs approximately. Presentation in the conference room. Guest speaker Captain William Wells (PWSTS 1957).
21:15 hrs Raffle drawn. Tickets sold on the night by Bob Batchelor (PWSTS 1969) and Alan Playford (PWSTS 1958)
Saturday 3rd September 2005
[Official UK Merchant Navy Day]
09:40 hrs To Prince of Wales Pier, Dover sea front. Smart dress, medals and awards to be worn.
10:00 hrs Unveiling of the PWSTS Dover Commemorative Plaque by Captain Colin Frank Vine DSC, RD, RNR. (Captain Superintendent PWSTS Dover 1964 – 1974) at the Prince of Wales Pier Light House.
• PWSTS Standard - Bearer Richard Ward
• Vindicatrix Standard - Bearer Phil Hughes (Branch Secretary of the East Kent Branch Vindicatrix Association).
• Royal British Legion Standard - Deal Branch Royal British Legion.
A few words by Mr Gwyn Prosser MP
Blessing of the Commemorative
Plaque by Reverend Sean Michael Carter British and International
Guard of Honour and Band by Dover Sea Cadets commanded by Lieutenant Watson.
VIP's in attendance:
Councillor Pat Heath Chairman of the Dover District Council
Mr Gwyn Prosser MP Labour Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal
Parliamentary Assistant Jo Knight
Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent Colonel (Ret'd) Peter Bishop OBE DL representing the Lieutenancy of Kent
Mayor of Dover Councillor Mr Ken Tranter
Mayoress of Dover Councillor Mrs Jan Tranter
Mr Bill Fawcus General Manager Property and Planning Dover Harbour Board
Duty Dover Harbour Master representing Mr Kevin Richardson, Harbour Master
Councillor Mrs Sue Nicholas Portfolio Holder for Community Dover District Council
Inspector Angie Hobbs Kent Police
Inspector David Wilkinson Port of Dover Police
11:00 hrs Retire to the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club for tea and coffee. Light refreshments available from the bar.
14:00 hrs Possible visit to Prince of Wales House for those wishing to view the old building.
Sunday 4th September 2005
Merchant Navy Memorial Day
For those wishing to make their own way to London. A PWSTS wreath will be laid at the Merchant Navy Memorial Services at Tower Hill by Alan Playford (PWSTS 1958). A wreath, on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, will be laid by Tony Sullivan (PWSTS 1952).
PWSTS Standard Bearer Geoff Delivett (PWSTS 1963).
12:15 hrs HMS President Guard of Honour in position Trinity Square. Welsh Guards either side of Falklands Memorial. Thetford Grammar School Choir to be in position.
12:30 hrs Merchant Navy Parade marches off, led by Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines and the Standards of participating Associations, entering the Gardens via North Gate.
12:34 hrs Parade arrives at Trinity Square, salute being taken by the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Alan West GCB DSC ADC (Falklands Veteran) accompanied by Commodore Robert Thornton MDA RFA.
13:00 hrs The Merchant Navy Day Memorial Service gets underway.
13:45 hrs Unveiling of the 1982 Falklands Memorial.
14:15 hrs Completion of service. Invited guests only to HMS President