The diners felt that this was probably the best lunch held so far. It finished with
a standing ovation of approval.
Thirty members and friends together with the Mayor Councillor Carol Bower
attended. They enjoyed liquid refreshment in the ‘Stone Hall’. Acquaintances were made and renewed.
It was during this reception that David Cakebread of Fordingbridge Turks Football Club in Hampshire presented G&DI with a framed football shirt. G&DI and the club plan to arrange a match in 2018 between Turkish & Uk youngsters to celebrate their 150th anniversary.
The President welcomed all and thanked them for helping to maintain the memory of the tragic events of 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsular. Most had travelled long distances to attend. They included, French, Australian and Turkish guests. A standing applause was given for Lt Cmdr Arthur Coxon aged 90 years who had driven over 250 miles from Wales.
During the sumptuous meal there was a real buzz of conversation which was a great
opportunity to exchange family stories relating to the campaign.
The speaker Norfolk historian, Neil Storey, gave a first class and lively presentation.
It was appreciated by all the guests present. He is now a proud member of G&DI.
Thank you very much Neil.
Toasts were proposed for H.M. The Queen by the Mayor and G&DI by Arthur Coxon. The President then proposed a toast for our good friends in The Turkish Association ‘Gelibolu Dernegi’. This was supported with enthusiasm by all present.
This wonderful old Town Hall has been booked again for Friday 20th July 2018 at 12noon for 1pm with the speaker, Michael Naxton, Curator of the ‘Ashcroft Collection’. Michael has since joined G&DI.
For more information on next years lunch contact John Crowe – firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07956 188826.