St Barbara’s Dinner at Brigadier Philip Toosey Army Reserve Centre
PUBLISHED: 00:00 22 February 2018
The Royal Artillery Officers’ Association and 103rd (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment RA hold their traditional annual dinner
St Barbara’s Dinner
2 Lt Jasmine Kirlew, Cpt John Melville and Maj Joanna Lamb
Cpt Mary Jolley and Col Gerry Wells-Cole
Dame Lorna Muirhead and Colin Gourley
Principal guests at the St Barbabras Dinner
Captains Ray Stones, Dave Powell and Doug Fletcher
Major Kevin Wilson, Dave Dodd, Maj Gerry Stubbs and Simon Stubbs
Major Dai Davies and Peter Masters
Band Lance Bombardier Catherine Line plays the Officers Mess Dinner Call
Major Andy McMahon, Maj Tony Gledhill and Maj Tom Williams
The Royal Artillery Officers’ Association and 103rd (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment RA held their traditional annual St Barbara’s Dinner at Brigadier Philip Toosey Army Reserve Centre, Aigburth, Liverpool.
Lt Gen Professor Sir Edmund Burton presided and the principal guests included Lt Gen Richard Applegate, who proposed the traditional toast ‘St Barbara and the Royal Regiment.’ St Barbara is the patroln saint of gunners. Other guests included Mark Blundell, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr Paul Griffiths, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, and Col David Harrington, assistant commander of 1 Artillery Brigade.
The Regiment had a special guest – Mr Colin Gourley from Australia. His uncle, Sergeant Cyril Edward Gourley had won the Victoria Cross 100 years ago, serving with D Battery, 276th Royal Field Artillery Regiment. A specially commissioned painting of Sergeant Gourley’s gun in action was on show for the first time as part of the Regiment’s Golden Jubilee celebration.