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The Provincial Grand Officers Mess Lunch 30th October 2015

Over 100 Provincial Grand Officer’s met in the Elizabethan Suite at the Imperial Hotel on Friday 30 October for their biannual Mess meeting.

It was opened by Major Dennis Bradley, the Mess Chairman, who welcomed everyone and then introduced the guest speaker – Mike Sheil. Mike is a professional photographer by trade, who spent 7 years on his project: ‘Fields of Battle –Lands of Peace’, which now forms the basis of an open air exhibition which has been seen in a number of European Capital cities, including London. He gave a passionate, in-depth and poignant talk on the horrors and statistics of WW1, which was illustrated throughout by some of the amazing slides which form the basis of his exhibition.

Following some questions, the attendees ate a superb buffet lunch following which Tom Quinn, accompanied by David Robert-Jones, led a sing-a-long of WW1 songs which then digressed into a few fun Gilbert and Sullivan songs in which he was accompanied by some volunteers. The pictures tell it all!

Following a quick fire raffle, the lunch was closed by the President, Eddie Goodwin.

If you enjoyed Tom’s excellent singing and want to hear more, he will be perfuming again at the Provincial Burns Night on 16 January at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel in Bournemouth. The booking form is now up on this website.

The next Mess function will be a dinner at the HAC on Thursday 24 March.

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