Jason and I were invited to a black-tie dinner. I was so very excited, until Jason told me it was to celebrate the 206th anniversary of the victory at the battle of Trafalgar.
I told him straight, "We never ever go out together. And the one night we do, you want to take me to celebrate some old fogey battle."
"Bob invited us. Some navy thing. Ray and Leanne are going too. Do you want to come or not?"
"A battle of Trafalgar dinner?Where will it be held?"
"I'm not sure. A services league club...somewhere in Spring Hill."
"What? You mean an RSL? Black tie for an RSL? Hmmm...you're not selling it to me, Jason."
Anyway, I reluctantly agreed. A night out is a night out after all. Who cares if it involves jaunty sea shanties? Jason had his heart set on wearing a spiffy dinner suit too.
|United Services Club image courtesy of here|
It turns out the dinner was not at an RSL but rather the United Services Club Queensland in Wickham Terrace. The club is housed in two turn-of-the-20th century buildings Montpelier and The Greenhouse. They are both listed on the Heritage Register. (There was not one pokie machine to be seen!)
|Monogrammed dinner plates. I'm so easily impressed|
|Jason said I was very gauche to be taking photos.|
You can see me in the silverware.
The dinner was an incredibly traditional affair hosted by the Naval Officers Club and the guest of honour at the dinner was Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland. We were to shake her hand and call her, Her Excellency.
It is a very different world to the Sow's Ear.
|Jason and I are certain we were the youngest people in the room apart from the waitresses.|
There was a lot of table thumping before and after the speeches and toasts.
The toast to Lord Nelson got the biggest thump.
All in all, it was a terrific night far exceeding my original expectations - it was like being extras in a Hornblower episode. Cheers Lord Nelson!