Dining In Night 2020
On 8th February 2020, I had the honour of being ‘Mr Vice’ at 148 (Barnsley) Squadrons annual Dining in Night as this was my last Dining in Night as a cadet. Guests were welcomed and offered a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz.
My role involved making sure the night stayed on time, starting by announcing that guests were now welcome to stand behind their respective chairs until the top table had made their way into the hall. Once the top table had entered and everyone was stood behind their seats, I ordered the march on of the Banners before saying Grace and telling guests that they were now welcome to sit.
The Tankersley Manor Staff then served a delicious 3 course meal. For the starter, there was a choice of Prawn Cocktail or Vegetable Soup, for the main, a choice of either Blade of Beef and vegetables or Chicken with roast vegetables and Yorkshire pudding and for dessert, either Eton Mess or chocolate brownie with ice cream.
After the meal, as per RAF tradition, port decanters were passed clockwise around the table, with male guests pouring drinks for any female guests to their left, whilst also ensuring the decanters did not touch the table. There were also glasses of blackcurrant cordial available for any under 18s. Mr President then signalled me to bring the room to a standing so that I could deliver the loyal toast to Her Majesty the Queen.
After 15-minute comfort break, speeches were given by the OC of 148 (Barnsley) Squadron, Sqn Ldr Williams as well as the HM Lord Lieutenant for South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe. The Lord Lieutenants speech was very positive about the impact cadets can have on a young person’s life and emphasised the fact that it offers many opportunities that young people would not otherwise have.
Towards the end of the night, we carried out a 148 (Barnsley) Squadron tradition, in the heads and tails game. It involves all guests guessing either heads or tails with the eventual winner receiving a prize. After this game had concluded, I brought the room to a standing for the exit of the top table before thanking guests for their attendance.
Overall it was a brilliant night, and I am very grateful for the opportunity of being Mr Vice. I hope all other guests enjoyed the day and wish the best for whoever will be Mr Vice in 2021. Thanks go to all the staff, especially those who organised and prepared the event for us.
CWO Jack Grange