Thursday 17th September was a very special day as it was the day that Wealden Sailability were officially presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Services 2015, by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent.
The idea was to let the Vice Lord Lieutenant have a chance to see Wealden in action. This he certainly did. Firstly he went out to review the fleet from the comfort of the Commando which allowed us to explain how we operate, discuss the different types of boat and see clients actually sailing.
He then transferred to a Laser Stratos and went for a sail which he thoroughly enjoyed. In addition to Vice Lord Lieutenant Richard Oldfield, we were privileged to also have Deputy Lieutenants Douglas Horner who read the official citation and Lord Sackville, as well as the High Sheriff of Kent William Alexander. It is estimated that well over 100 people attended. Many of you were there for the presentation which was brilliant despite being told we were the ‘worst dressed winners of the Queen’s Award’. All in jest though.
The actual presentation ceremony was a very emotional occasion with Brian MacCormack and Meg Warren receiving the trophies on behalf of the Charity.
Above is a photograph of many of the group on the day.
Below are the actual Queens Award and the presentation certificate.