Seahouses Probus Club

At the latest meeting of Seahouses Probus Club, our chairman called for and received reports from secretary Fraser Suffield and treasurer Forbes Grant.

Fraser informed us that the Probus quiz which we are hosting will take place in the Old Ship Inn at 10.30am on Friday, September 20.

We were also informed that, due to illness, next month’s speaker would be unable to give the talk but one of our new members, Chris Hull, had offered and been gratefully accepted to give a replacement talk, the subject still to be decided.

Bill Godfrey, our social secretary, told us that arrangements for the annual lunch at Doxford Hall were now finalised and that 35 will be attending, 14 men and 21 ladies.

Fraser now introduced our speaker Alan Fendley.

This was his fifth visit and his talk was entitled There’s Something Wrong With Our Bloody Ships Today.

Alan then explained that this was a well known quotation from Vice Admiral Beatty at the Battle of Jutland on May 31, 1916.

He explained the political manoeuvrings that had led up to the outbreak of the First World War and the arms race that took place after the building of the Dreadnought in 1906.

The Battle of Jutland took place prior to the Battle of the Somme and was the only major naval battle of the First World War. It is also considered the last major naval battle between surface ships.

The battle resulted in the British Navy losing more men and ships than the German Navy and was hailed as a major victory in Germany.

However, the general consensus is that the British Navy won because the German Navy was never again in a position to put to sea during the remainder of the war.

David Morgan gave the vote of thanks for a most informative and entertaining talk.

David also gave a short eulogy on the recent death of the Welsh rugby player Cliff Morgan, which was well received by all.