ROA Mid Term Reunion
Royal Beach Hotel, St Helens Parade, Portsmouth PO4 0RN. Tel: +44 (0)23 9281 7572 Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th September 2021
I am delighted to report that, pandemic permitting, we are planning to meet for the first time in 2 years at the above hotel. The hotel is actually in Southsea, which for those who do not know the area is the seaside resort part of Portsmouth, and is located right on the main promenade. The hotel is about 2 miles from Portsmouth and Southsea station and a similar distance from the Historic Dockyard. We are not sure at this stage whether the logistics of getting to the dockyard on Wednesday will be via taxis or our own cars, this will be decided on the hoof on the Tuesday evening. The booking form and menu choices where needed are on the next two pages. They hold a lot of Royal Navy reunions and there is an RN theme throughout which is hardly surprising in Portsmouth!
The procedure will be the same as has become standard over the last few reunions. We will meet in the bar at 18.30 for pre dinner drinks although based on history a few people will have signed off watch early and made it to the bar quite a lot earlier than that. Tuesday evening is table d’hôte. Note: drinks are to your own account. The Tuesday nights have been somewhat prolonged in the past and members might need to get into a bit of pre season training. Dress code is casual smart and ties for gentlemen are not necessary. We will get ourselves to the dockyard on the Wednesday morning and please be aware that it is large and there is quite a lot of walking. On the Wednesday evening the main reunion dinner takes place where the rig of the day is gentlemen in jackets and ties (ROA hopefully) and the ladies in their finery. Please note on the booking form a menu choice is required for both nights from members attending. As we have not met for so long the ROA in its never ending generosity will provide a half bottle of wine per person on the table on Wednesday. Just do not tell the Treasurer. We disperse homewards on Thursday morning. For members who wish to arrive early or leave late the hotel will honour the ROA special room rate. I do hope new members considering attending will do so because I can guarantee you will enjoy the event.
Booking details and prices are detailed in June QSO and we need meal choices for both nights. The logistics of getting to Portsmouth are also described in QSO.
Tony Selman, Chairman
04 June 2021