Frank Rainsborough suggested that a skit based on Trafalgar happening today might provide amusing entertainment after the Aquarius 2009 Annual Dinner. The idea was developed with Nigel Knowles and it provided a very successful and unexpected addition to the dinner.
Lord Nelson (Frank Rainsborough) visited the club and members wouldn’t action his requests due to present day regulations and restrictions.
It took the form of a dialogue between Nigel Knowles, Lord Nelson and selected members of the club to a prepared Script; the members had no idea they were taking part until they were given their script.
Nigel gave the following introduction.
Frank Rainsborough emailed me a few months back and said he had met this distinguished sailor and thought he would be a good raconteur and after dinner speaker. Things escalated a bit and we have invited him down tonight.
Our guest is a very distinguished sailor. He's here through the good offices of Frank Rainsborough -
Had Trafalgar Happened Today Introduction Updated
This guest is ex Royal Navy -
Now being ex Navy he tends to look on all organisations as a ship and when he asked a few questions about this club he was struck by some curious anomalies in the names of people occupying various offices.
For example we have a fine seaman, down at the end there, called Carpenter he's not the ships Carpenter, rather as we all know he runs our bar -
The chap with one of the best claims to be our carpenter has a name more appropriate for a ships cook -
Then we have Richard Cannon, with a name like that he should be gunnery officer -
Talking of communications -
Who else is there, oh yes, Ships cook -
Then we need our Health and Safety officer -
Then there's our treasurer -
And last -
Now each of you -
Let's meet our guest if he's ready.
Also as part of the dinner evening there was a competition for the best nautical theme hat; the winner was Mike Baker.
Pictures by Frank Rainsborough