The Annual Dinner

David Norman speaks
Members, new and old, and guests assembled for the Trust's annual dinner at the Estuary Club in Leigh on Friday 26th October. Mike King introduced Officers and Guests and David Norman followed with an excellent after dinner speech recounting his memories of life growing up in Leigh, his experiences of sailing locally and his past year as Southend's mayor.

David concluded with a personal
presentation to Paul Gilson, of a CD by the Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends, signed by all the shanty men, in recognition and thanks of Paul's work as Endeavour's skipper and committee vice-chairman. Paul and his family have had a very difficult time of late but he has resolutely continued to support the Trust including skippering the boat in the recent Pageant. Paul accepted the presentation amid much applause.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening with good company, good food and liberal wine concluded with the raffle draw. On
behalf of the Trust, Peter Dolby thanked the individuals and organisations which kindly contributed wonderful prizes and vouchers for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Prize Draw. Peter thanked everyone who supported the Prize Draw which raised £1,400 to help fund the Trust's growing community and educational programmes and the ever increasing costs attributable to the maintenance of our historic local wooden cockle boat and Dunkirk 'little ship'.

Tickets were drawn by Mrs Joy Robinson and the six winning numbers were 01180, 03323, 02674, 02664, 00097 and 02554. The picture, above right, shows Howard Robinson, John Bertola and Ian James displaying their prizes. Further prizes were donated by Stockvale Ltd and Osborne Bros.

The winner of the 1/25 scale model of Endeavour was Neil Blake (left) pictured at home having taken delivery. Unbeknown to everyone, Neil was playing snooker in the Estuary Club when his ticket was drawn!

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