RMS Titanic Sets Sail – A Night to Remember… 19 Apr 2012
From the Titanic life buoys on the balcony railings to the elegant company of RCYC ‘passengers’ on board, uniformed Captain and staff in full period dress, the Club commemorated the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Titanic in splendid but appropriate style on Saturday evening.
The beautifully decorated dining room looked truly resplendent with bows, candelabra and Titanic memorabilia and, gathering to enjoy a delicious four course dinner based on an original menu from the voyage, we were entertained by a delightful string trio.
After Grace was said, a tribute to the Titanic was given, her history, her journey and sadly her loss with a minute’s silence, respected in memory of the tragedy and those who lost their lives that night.
Formalities undertaken, dinner was served, wine flowed and the dining room resounded to an ever increasing crescendo of enjoyment. No sooner had we drawn breath to applaud the string trio’s final piece then the sounds of the Irish band were heard and all were invited to go below decks to party with the ‘Famous Potatoes’. Many variations of jig followed, not all of the era I am sure!
Fortunately as the band (and dancers) slowed and the film in the background reached its conclusion, news arrived of help at hand and, down the river to the assistance of those still on board, came the RNLI , with much needed survival rations of bacon rolls.
A wonderful evening; our thanks must go both to Amanda Cole and her family and to all the staff for orchestrating such a fantastic event. Very much a night to remember.
PS – A DVD, priced £5, is available containing more than 300 photos including many portraits of the guests. Please order through the office.