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2020 REGATTA FLAG CEREMONY - OPENING ADDRESS

The following is a link to the Port of Dartmouth Regatta facebook page, and shows the opening remarks by our chairman Robert Waycott

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=349363126101984&extid=WAeynB37eAtA3zO2

This was followed by the traditional raising of the flags of both sections of the Old Dartmothians.
NOTE: If you click on an image you can see a bigger version of it, depending of course on what size of device you are using.

 ODA Flags Aug2020 
 A Peter Norton Seat Ron Lambden2020  Peter Norton Seat 2020
ODA President Ron Lambden says a few words prior to unveiling the Peter Norton commemorative seat.   The seat was donated to the town by Peter's wife Pam, and has the inscription plaque as shown.
  ODA Ship In Dock Aug2020
The reunion dinner may have been cancelled, but that did not prevent another traditional event, the gathering of members at The Ship in Dock Inn on regatta Friday lunchtime, and of course everyone was "socially distancing"
 
 

INFORMATION REGARDING REGATTA & ANNUAL RE-UNION 2020 ETC.

In the light of a few recent questions, the Committee would just like to confirm that this year's re-union dinner will not be taking place due to the current pandemic situation.

HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE ODA REGATTA FLAG CEREMONY

In keeping with traditions surrounding the Regatta, members, or indeed anyone who is able to, can attend the ODA flagpole ceremony at the entrance to the Royal Avenue Gardens,
on what would have been the opening of the Regatta on Wednesday 26th at 7:30pm. We will also take this opportunity to unveil a seat in memory of Peter Norton our late Treasurer, which has been funded by his daughter Sue. Please come and join us for the occasion, which will be followed with a glass of wine.
On Saturday 29th August we will keep up our proud tradition of the Regatta Closing Ceremony at the flagpole with the usual short Service  and flag lowering at 8:00 pm and again members, their wives, partners and friends are encouraged to attend.

Dear Members,

Just a short note to update you all on the condition of our Secretary Richard Rendle. Richard underwent a serious operation recently at Torbay Hospital, and an update from his wife Wendy is that the operation went well and he is making a slow and steady recovery, and anticipates returning to home fairly soon after a stay of about 10 days since the op. Richard will need to then have several more weeks of rest and recouperation before we anticipate him resuming any secretarial duties. I'm sure all members wish him a full recovery and look forward to the return of his most valued leadership.

Best Regards to you all.

Robert Waycott
Chairman, Old Dartmothian's Association.
6th July 2020

THE GALLEON PROJECT

This year marks the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower sailing to America, and Dartmouth, being one of the focal points of the pilgrim fathers journey, intends to play a part in the celebrations towards the end of this year. Circumstances have conspired to seriously affect planned events in the region and future ones are still to be decided upon.

The Old Dartmothians Association members were very keen to make a contribution to the local celebrations, by totally refurbishing and re-planting the wonderful galleon floral container, formally housed in the Royal Avenue Gardens. This wonderful piece of floral art was last seen in the gardens around about five years ago. It was originally commissioned in 2013 by the South Hams Council at a cost of £7,000, to form part of the floral commemorations, in the Royal Avenue Gardens, of the Royal Navy having a presence in the town for 150 years. Then in 2014 the galleon was a part of the entries that were awarded a record number of trophies in the Britain In Bloom contest, which in turn lead to an invitation for the town to enter the prestigeous Tatton Park 2015 Royal Horticultural Show, where it was influential in advertising our town to the wider world.

The GalleonPhoto courtesy of By The Dart

It is unclear when the galleon was removed from the gardens, but it has been kept in storage, awaiting a return in 2020 for the Mayflower 400, regrettably due to the covid-19 pandemic the association members are unable to restore the galleon due to social distancing and isolation. I'm sure that it will remain on the project to do list for the association at some future date, let's hope that this is not too far away.