2016 Poppy Ball at Steam

Another fabulous extravaganza at Steam was held on 5th November 2016 featuring the Military Wives Choir and the Royal Marines Military Band (follow link for video)

For the third year in succession, guest at the Poppy Ball were treated to a fabulous night of fine dining, dancing and entertainment.

The evening started with a commemoration ceremony along the lines of the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.  The ceremony began with a rendition of Sting’s Fields of Gold, by Rosie , Olivia and Isabelle Tuck, three sisters well known in the locality for their vocal excellence.

There followed the Exhortation recited by Chelsea Pensioner IP006 John Gallagher  from the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and the Poppy Cascade, during which the buglers of HM Royal Marines CTC Lympstone played the last post at the minute’s silence.  

The silence was broken by Reveille, after which John Gallagher recited the Kohima Epitaph and the national anthem by the band concluded the commemoration.  

 

Guests then enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal prepared by Hospitality Services accompanied by the excellent Orchestra of the Royal Marines CTC Lympstone and then it was time for the evening’s entertainment. 

This year it included both traditional and contemporary songs  performed by the Military Wives Choir from RAF Brize Norton.

Then came the moment that everybody had been waiting for as the marching band of the Royal Marines entered the Great Western Hall to perform among the guests as only they can do. Many said that it made them proud to be British. Click on the link above to watch the video.

The evening then went on to Dancing to DJ Young Roge, interspersed with music from the Dance Band of the  Royal Marines and a Grand Tombola, Auction and Silent Auction.