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Annual Conference 2013

Posted: May 7, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: Admin


It was all on board and back to Eastbourne for our 92nd Annual Conference, which was held at the Devonshire Park Centre on the 24th and 25th April.

Like previous years it was a busy conference attended by around 800 delegates and visitors, plus Vice Presidents and a Life Vice President. All received a warm welcome by the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Mike Thompson, and then it was down to business with a jam packed schedule. Seven Motions were debated, all of which were carried.

Attendees were treated to an impressive  line up  of guest speakers including: Colonel Paul Davis CBE, Secretary General of the RCEL; Annie Ogilvy, Chairman of the RBLWS Scotland; Colonel Charlie Knaggs OBE, Assistant Director, Defence Recovery Capability, and Chrissy Cox, Chairman of Military Wives and Girlfriends whose  address was given by the National Vice-Chairman as Chrissy was unfortunately unwell.

There were also some celebrity guests adding extra glitz to the occasion! Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen who, sadly, was not able to attend in person, sent a film to introduce the new ‘Remember’ gift range designed by LLB, Laurence’s very own collection, and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE presented Cups and Awards.

A magnificent display was given by the Standard Bearers’ Parade which took place along Eastbourne Seafront, and back to the Devonshire Park Centre. The parade was lead proudly by the National Officers and supported musically by the Band of the Parachute Regiment.

Results of the Standard Bearers Competition 2013, held prior to the start of the conference on the 23rd April in the Floral Hall, Devonshire Park Centre were:

1. Ashwanden Cup      Laura Ashton, Oxted Branch, Surrey County, South Eastern Region
2. Urwick Cup              Heather Todd, Ware Branch, Hertfordshire County, Eastern Region
3. Third Place              Susan Parkes, Cookstown branch, Northern Ireland District

Congratulations to the winners!

Of course It wasn’t all work and no play, The Rock a Toons entertained us on the Wednesday with an evening of 1950’s and 1960’s music. It was a fantastic night with many of our members taking to the dance floor dressed in 1950’s and 1960’s clothes!

Photos from Annual Conference 2013 are now available to view and order in the Members Area, under Annual Conference.