As the National Chairman and on behalf of the Submariners Association I would like to take this opportune moment to thank the following for their support and assistance in making what was undoubtably one of the most notable and successful Family Weekend to date.

I have heard from many of you who attended the weekend how splendid the Stormont Hotel was. The food, the service and pleasant demeanour of the staff.

Giles’s coach company went above and beyond in their efforts to provide us with a superb service, in some cases Tom the driver went out of his way to accommodate requests.

To make this weekend affordable for the majority of our members I have to mention Visit Belfast, the valiant staff in particular Aoife McVeigh provided extra funds needed for the cost of conference room hire, coach hire and many other additional expences.

All this helped introduce the delights of Belfast to our members.

Another supporter who gave generously was Veterans Northern Ireland. The tireless work they do is much appreciated. Rachael your help and advice was appreciated.

From the Tot we shared and the Port we toasted with, a big thank you to the Belfast RNA. Renown for their generosity to veterans of all services. Like myself I know your bar was well frequented and members made welcome.

A round of applause has to go to the Brokers Group Band who played so well on Friday night, despite the onslaught of merriment from our members!

For those who were vigilant at the start of the dinner we were privileged to witness some traditional Irish dancing from the “Bangor Irish Dance Group”.

These girls and the wee lad playing the music on his iPad! went down a treat if the applause and standing ovation was anything to go by.

Finally the trenchant sounds from our piper Sammy Connoly as he played our top table in.

Thank you all.

Iain

National Chairman

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