Squaring The Quarterdeck – Essex Cornerstone Dine Aboard Historic WW2 Warship
Permanently moored between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast is the most significant Second World War Royal Navy warship in existence; and one of only three bombardment vessels surviving from D-Day…most recently though it was the scene for the Essex Cornerstone Annual Members’ Dinner!
After we embarked the flagship, we were greeted by Club President Reiss Duthie who oversaw welcome drinks on behalf of the club in the ships prestigious Ward Room. This provided a great opportunity for members to mingle and catch up with new friends and old. With 2018 seeing 43 new members joining Essex Cornerstone, there were plenty of fresh faces for us to become better acquainted with.
Once everyone was above board, dinner was served in the Ante Room of the Officers Mess which held our company in comfort at close quarters.
No Cornerstone dinner is complete without a small number of talented toasts and this year was no exception. Club Patron Paul Reeves DepPGM gave some rousing words about the intrinsic link between the future of Essex Masonry and members of the club.
After seeing everyone was safely on an even keel home, those who still had their sea legs took a slightly different tack and navigated into the West End to enjoy the afterglow of this outstanding event.