THE Classic Boat Show 2023

The Worshipful Company of Distillers were hosted on board His Majesty’s Ships PUNCHER and DASHER during the Classic Boat Show in St Katharine Dock, London

As a gesture of thanks after the WCD provided support at the First Sea Lord’s Coronation Reception off Greenwich in HMS Diamond, the Second Sea Lord’s Cowes Week Reception in the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Navy’s receptions at the Classic Boat Show, the Navy Regional Commander for London and Eastern England invited Liverymen to three events involved with this Boat Show.

The first was a river trip onboard HMS Puncher on the Thursday with a group of eight including the Master, Master Elect, and Liverymen Julia Thorold, Michael Infante and Karen Bennett – the latter of whom (in partnership with Diageo) provided Pimms refreshments for the subsequent official receptions on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

These receptions were hosted by HMS Dasher and her crew who were proudly on display in support  of the classic three day Classic Boat Show held in St Katherine’s Dock, London. The Show features the most beautifully maintained and restored classic boats – many of which are famous as  “Little Ships” that performed so heroically at the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. The Royal Navy presence and hospitality was an impressive way to show the nation’s thanks and appreciation for the amazing role these boats played in saving thousands of our serviceman’s lives.

The Worshipful Company of Distillers were delighted to be invited to meet the crew and partake in the kind hospitality of Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Henry Edwards, with Upper Warden Elect Nick Carr and Liveryman Jonathan Orr-Ewing representing the Master at each Reception. These events also involved a comprehensive and fascinating presentation on the wide variety of tasks that the P2000 Class ships like Puncher and Dasher carry out world wide on behalf of we – the taxpayers. All most impressive.

Nick Carr
Middle Warden