President's Weekend (Portsmouth), 27-29 March 2015

Fri 27th March 2015 at 14.00 - Sun 29th March 2015 - 11.00

When I initially talked to Steve about my weekend, he suggested the practical venue of Portsmouth, as the club had not been there before, indeed quite a few of us had not.

As usual Steve put together a very attractive competitively priced package at the centrally located Royal Maritime Club, which proved so popular that 44 people joined Jane and I on the weekend.

All in time for the evening meal, a tasty carvery, with friendly service, a feature we found at the Maritime Club. A bottle of wine and more drinks enabled a good night's rest.

A bumper breakfast set us up well for a day of sightseeing, including the Warrior, Victory and Mary Rose, with a boat trip around the harbour, which was not too choppy. This was followed by a scrumptious tea at Patisserie Valerie in the Gunwharf Quays Shopping Area. Back at the hotel we shared our experiences with other members who had also had a good time exploring Britain's naval history.

Re-living the Battle of Trafalgar where Nelson died had proved a poignant moment, whilst work done on the Mary Rose had us all gaping in amazement and a favourable impression was gained by the beautifully restored Warrior, which had done its job as a deterrent, but never fired a shot in anger.

That evening, thankfully in the dry, took us back to the Gunwharf area and the Old Custom House, which some of us had previously visited to set up the tables. The staff was equally helpful and well deserved the gratuity we gave them from passing around a hat after the meal. Dinner was our formal occasion, but not too formal, and the food was good. For light hearted entertainment there was a quiz in two parts which Mike and Jean helped Jane and I set up. Wine flowed and we celebrated Pat and Roger's Sapphire (45th) Anniversary, Roger and Carole‘s anniversary and also Steve's Birthday (59th!). At midnight we staggered back to the Hotel and I believe a few stayed up until the early hours!.

Following another hearty breakfast (if we could manage it), Jane and I spent a few hours in the Royal Marine's Museum, which was very interesting, then left and in case the detour was still in place, travelled back via Salisbury, taking a quick look at the Cathedral and having yet another afternoon tea, before arriving home in time for Poldark!

All in all it was a great weekend with good food, good fun, fellowship and plenty to see. What more could you want?

Thanks to all of you who supported it and I hope like me you had a fantastic time.

Paul 

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