Tulip Radio’s column this week pays tribute to Spalding RNA.
Trafalgar Day has been celebrated annually for many years by the Spalding Branch of the Royal Naval Association and this year was no exception. They held their annual Trafalgar Day lunch at the Ship Albion in Spalding which was attended by over 30 members and guests.
The day celebrates the famous victory of Admiral Lord Nelson over the combined French and Spanish Fleets off the Cape of Trafalgar in South West Spain on October 21, 1805.
The Spalding branch of the RNA has been in existence for many years helping with the welfare of former naval personnel with reunions, naval open days and celebrations. They also allow those interested in the work of the RNA to join as associates and has organised reunions for many former local members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm and the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
We at Tulip Radio were kindly invited along to see for ourselves the unique work that this truly dedicated local organisation undertakes for its members and their families; it was noticeable that the welfare of former shipmates was at the forefront of their wonderful work.
With Remembrance Sunday approaching, it’s sobering to remember the supreme sacrifices made on our behalf by members of the naval services, many of whom have no grave, to ensure the freedom that we all currently enjoy today.
Please show your respect by joining Tulip Radio in Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens at 11am on Remembrance Sunday, November 11, organised by the Royal British Legion.
l If you’d like to join the RNA, please visit their website: http: www.royal-naval-association.co.uk