By Lucy Ashton
SAILORS from HM Naval Base Clyde attended the annual Erskine Victory Ball which was this year held at the Hilton DoubleTree in Glasgow.
The charity fund raising event marked the 75th anniversary of the end of hostilities during the Second World War and was originally planned for last year. Due to coronavirus restrictions however, organisers were forced to postpone.
Happily, this year’s Ball was a hit. One of the crown jewels in the Erskine calendar, it was a great opportunity for veterans to brush-off recent events, “put their glad rags on”, and show support for the charity.
Also attending the Victory Ball to show their support were Clyde-based sailors Able Seaman (Writer) Rachael Butters and Able Seaman (Writer) Catherine Mbau.
The pair, from HMS Neptune’s Unit Personnel Office, presented a cheque for £604 to Erskine, money raised at events held at HM Naval Base Clyde.
Afterwards, the sailors were also on hand to assist with the ushering of guests, the selling of raffle tickets and to join with an evening of food, music, and entertainment.
AB (Writer) Butters said: “I had a fantastic night full of fun activities which helped raise money for this brilliant charity. It was an honour to meet the veterans and an excellent event to be involved with.”
Established in 1916, Erskine is Scotland’s largest veterans’ charity. It provides care homes, sheltered accommodation, welfare support and activities for nearly 1,000 veterans and their families the length and breadth of Scotland.
Picture by Phot Stephen Burke, Royal Navy Communications, HM Naval Base Clyde.