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April 2019 Statement by the Chairman. “During the past 6 months our Branch has been debating the use of plastic wreaths being laid over ship wreck sites. Our conclusion is that plastic wreaths shall only be laid at the ship’s memorial on land and the use of bio- degradable poppy petals to be cast into the waters directly above wreck site”. However we do not form an opinion on other parties who lay plastic wreaths. David Hughes [chairman]

NEWS briefly the service to commemorate the loss of life during the German High Seas Fleets internment in Scapa Flow and the scuttling of the ships in 1919 was held exactly 100 years from the day on Friday 21st June 2019. The ceremony conducted at sea over the wreck of SMS Dresden and at Lyness Naval Cemetery on Hoy remembered 15 German lives lost during the internment and on the day of the scuttling and the few days after. The service at sea took place onboard the Northern Lighthouse Vessel Pharos by members of the Clergy from Britain and Germany and government and service personnel from both countries. At Lyness a longer service was held for the descendants of the men lost and local eye witnesses on the day. Service and National standards were on parade with music being provided by musicians from the Royal Marines and the Musikkorps der Bunderswehr. Prayers, hymens and readings by various members present were followed by a minutes silence reveille and piper playing a lament whilst wreaths were laid by dignitaries. The RNA Orkney Branch Standard was carried by Shipmate David Hughes and 5 other members of the branch were present.( no photos at present of this event)

On Saturday 29th June the annual branch BBQ took place at Shipmate Reg’s home. With fine weather a wonderful afternoon of food, drink and sea stories made for a memorable occasion. Members provided the victuals; thanks go to residents BBQ Chefs Jane and Dave, the food was delicious and plentiful. Sweet dishes were provided by the ladies of the branch, the drinks were gained by plunging a hand into a tub of very cold water. We cannot forget the amazing effort Reg put in to decorate the shed/chicken house with peedie (small) RN Ensigns and at the yardarm a flag hoist ordering Splice the Mainbrace.
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