Royal Navy charity dinner in Portsmouth

The diners gather on the upper deck of HMS Victory. Picture: LA(Phot) Nicky Wilson
The diners gather on the upper deck of HMS Victory. Picture: LA(Phot) Nicky Wilson
HMS Illustrious leaves Portsmouth for the last time
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HMS Victory provided the grand backdrop for a charity dinner in aid of the Royal Navy’s diving, mine warfare and bomb disposal operations.

The event, attended by dozens of people and hosted by former First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, raised £100,000 for naval charities and to fund a monument to naval divers which is hoped to be placed at Gunwharf Quays.

HMS Vernon, the former shore base on which Gunwharf is now located, was used to train Royal Navy personnel in torpedo trials and mines in the First World War.

Organiser David Hunkin said: ‘I was humbled by the generosity of the guests and also those who gave their time to support this amazing event.’