As the majority of the country’s focus turns to sporting activities commencing in Brazil, for the personnel of HMS Sultan their eyes are firmly fixed on the Establishment’s summertime programme of local community events which have just kicked off with the annual Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) reception.

With guests including a number of VIP’s including former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jonathan Band GCB DL and the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Wayne Ronayne. The evening aimed to raise valuable funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

During the evening guests were treated to a medley of musical entertainment, with performances by The HMS Sultan Volunteer Band, The Military Wives Choir and the Band of HM Royal Marines Band Portsmouth who concluded the evening by Beating The Retreat within the main arena before a Ceremonial Sunset.



Photo: The Band of HM Royal Marines Band Portsmouth who concluded the evening by Beating The Retreat before a Ceremonial Sunset

The Charity reception is the first part of a four-day programme held by the Establishment. An invite only Children’s Party is planned for Friday evening where over 1800 local disabled and disadvantaged youngsters, and their families will get a preview of the main HMS Sultan Summer Show.

Running throughout Saturday and Sunday the Summer Show will provide a number of exciting acts including the ever popular Monster Trucks and a Festival Circus. All this alongside regular attractions such as a Petting Zoo, a Steam Fayre, Wildlife Displays, Peter Burnett’s Funfair, Military Vehicles, a Village Fete, and the JackFM Dr Who booth means that the HMS Sultan Summer Show promises something for everyone.

Hilary Jukes, Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Charity said: “I was fortunate enough to be involved with the Summer Show Charity Cheque presentation in October and to see so many local Gosport charities and organisations receive significant donations towards valuable projects.

“The RNRMC is very grateful for HMS Sultan’s continued support. While any donation made to the charity will not be exclusively used within the local area, the charity remains committed to supporting the families of Gosport sailors as they serve on deployments all over the world.

“The main focus of the HMS Sultan Summer Show is to serve the local community and it is great to see the Establishment trying to give something back.”



Photo: Guests at the RNRMC Reception included a number of including former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jonathan Band GCB DL