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On the 21st October 1805 Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson lead his fleet to cut the line of the combined French and Spanish fleets in two places and so won a decisive victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Unfortunately he was mortally wounded during the battle and as a result the nation lost their most favourite hero of the time.

Because of his famous victory the Royal Navy ruled the waves for more than a century and to this day Royal Navy Officers have celebrated the victory by way of a Trafalgar Night Dinner in the immortal memory of Lord Nelson and the battle.

According to Vice Admiral Sir John Lea who was the Commodore of the Royal Naval Barracks, HMS Victory from 1972-74. In 1974 he was able to persuade the Admiralty to allow HMS Victory to be renamed HMS Nelson and continued his role as Commodore.

In 1974 the President of the Senior Rates' Mess of HMS NELSON, the Royal Naval Barracks in Portsmouth, asked Commodore Lea for permission to celebrate Trafalgar Night 1974, in the same way as the Wardroom. Commodore Lea - now Vice Admiral Sir John Lea - thought this was a splendid idea, but saw one possible snag - the difficulty of getting a sufficiently high-profile guest to propose the toast to the Immortal Memory, in competition with all the Wardroom Trafalgar Night Dinners going on simultaneously throughout the Navy. So he suggested they celebrate the arrival of the news of the battle two weeks later on November 6th (or within a couple of days of the date)- by which time the ‘special guest’ might be able to look another glass of port in the eye again….. Despite being of such recent invention, ‘Pickle Night’ already feels like a proper, ages-old naval tradition. It is believed that Royal Canadian and Royal New Zealand naval WO’s and CPO celebrate by way of a Pickles night.

In 2009 the RNA Eastern Cyprus Branch held its first Trafalgar Night Dinner. As there is no rank within the RNA its format was based on a HMS Nelson’s Pickle Night with dress being relaxed to the RNA uniform (Blazers and ties) or equivalent (lounge suits). The only major change since then has been the addition of entertainment after the formal meal.
Guest Speakers Roll
Year Venue Speaker
2017 Kama Lifestyle Hotel Pernera S/m Rich Edwards Branch President 
(Lt Cdr RN Rtd)
2016 Kama Lifestyle Hotel Pernera S/m Charles Gledhill
(Ex RSM Royal Signals)
2015 Kama Lifestyle Hotel Pernera S/m Dave Bagnall *
WO1 RN Unit JSSU (Cyprus)
2014 Kama Lifestyle Hotel Pernera S/m Rich Edwards
(Lt Cdr RN Rtd) 
2013 Kama Lifestyle Hotel Pernera S/m Eric Freeman
(Patron Eastern Cyprus Branch)
2012 Kama Lifestyle Hotel Pernera S/m Hugh Davis
(Retired Master Mariner)
2011 San Remo Hotel Larnaca Sir Edward Du Cann 
(President Cyprus Branch)
2010 San Remo Hotel Larnaca S/m Eric Freeman
(President Eastern Cyprus Branch)
2009 San Remo Hotel Larnaca S/m Eric Freeman 
(President Eastern Cyprus Branch)
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