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35th Annual Dinner and Dance Top Table Rear row, left to right: Mr Jon Neaga, Maj Gen Sir Simon Cooper GCVO, The Earl of Normanton, Mr Ray Peck, Col Toby Browne LVO Front row, left to right: Miss Ana Macedo, Lady Cooper, The Countess of Normanton, Mrs Paula Peck, Mrs Serena Browne

faith that the Committee put into the Hotel Celebrity was very well repaid and maintains the standard for our Annual Dinners to come. Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day saw members commemorate this special year’s occasion in their own way

around the world. Finally, Members and friends celebrated the Annual Christmas Lunch with over 50 members, family and friends enjoying the tradition seasonal meal in excellent company; we were nobly entertained at the Hotel Celebrity again.

After the raffle, we held the 35th Annual Draw for three cash prizes. The fanfare set the scene and with much anticipation we waited with bated breath as the hotel staff drew out the prizes. The Third prize of £100 was drawn first for Mrs Margaret Diggins from Knockholt, who bought the ticket from the Museum at Windsor on a visit; the Second Prize draw of £200 was won by Keith Knotridge’s daughter Sarah. Finally, Winner of the First Prize of £300 was Tom Winstanley, who immediately converted it to his booking at the Spring Dinner in March. Again, a huge vote of thanks to Tony Prynne who sold a massive £470 tickets - an outstanding effort very many thanks again Tony and well done - and well done for all who took part thank you too! As we move into 2017 as an Association, we are ever aware our numbers are reducing due to age and the general shrinkage of the Household Cavalry over the recent years, and we are still clouded with uncertain times still ahead for the Army and therefore the Household Cavalry. But with the professionalism, courage and dedication of all past and present Household Cavalrymen, we will continue with pride, relish and comradeship into 2017.

Household Cavalry Association North East President Lt Col (Retd) G G E Stibbe OBE - formerly The Life Guards Chairman/Secretary Maj (Retd) A R Tate - formerly The Life Guards Membership Secretary Mr K Kidd - formerly The Life Guards Treasurer Mr A Tuckwood - formerly The Blues and Royals

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his year started with our annual dinner at the Angel View Inn on Saturday 9th April 2016. Lt Col Giles Stibbe OBE was the guest speaker. He

entertained everyone as he regaled humorous anecdotes of people he recognised around the dining room, and there were quite a few! Our President, Peter Townley, announced he was standing down and had found a suitable replacement, the guest speaker. He also formally thanked Mr Ken Rowe on behalf of the Association members, for all his hard work over the years as Chairman. Ken retired from his position following the last dinner. Our thanks go to Lieutenant Colonel Gaselee, Commanding Officer HCMR, for releasing the two mounted Dutymen who are always greatly received by the veterans.

We visited Sunderland Mayor’s Parlour numerous times during the year to maintain our links with the Mayor and his staff and to invite him to our annual dinner, which he readily accepted. In August a few members visited Newby Hall where Adrian ‘Gunner’ Mardon warmly hosted the members like only Gunner Left to right Tpr Chivers, Mayor of Sunderland Cllr B Curran, Lt Col and Mrs Giles Stibbe, Maj and Mrs Anthony can. We are hoping for a better turnout this year. Mr Tate, Mayoress Mrs Curran, Capt Peter Townley, Tpr Gamston at the Angel View inn, Gateshead, 9th April 2016 Tony Tuckwood and Mr Ian

Barwick attended Eden Camp Veterans parade, with Ian carrying our banner. In November, Association members formed an unusually small marching

Mr Ansell and Mr Watson with HCMR’s marching party

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