SEA BREEZES OCTOBER 2009 • VOL 83 • NO. 766
The weekend of the 7th, 8th and 9th August was important for all “Old Conways” as they celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the famous old training ship.
The Clan gathering saw over 800 “Conways”, wives, family and friends sit down to dinner at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. The food was excellent, although I dare say many of us had memories of “cooks to the galley” and the aching for a bit of Mother’s home cooking! We were privileged that the guest of honour was the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope KCB, OBE and his lady. Sir Mark commented that this was his first official engagement since taking over the Royal Navy’s top position. Many other guests graced the top table and in his usual fashion the much loved Canon Bob Evans MBE entertained us with a light hearted and clever speech. All in all a rather splendid evening. Thanks must also go to the organisers, the volunteers who drove so many of us to the Priory and who listened with great patience to the many requests for information.
Having been at “Conway” for the centenary and now enjoyed the 150th, it is extremely unlikely I and many of my compatriots are likely to be around for the 200th! It was lovely to meet up with so many old friends and I wish each and every “Old Conway”, safe voyages, good landfalls and a secure anchorage.
We are getting a tremendous response to the questionnaire. Thank you to all who have responded so far. Still time for more.
Keep well and all good wishes.
Captain Andrew C. Douglas (Editor)