The main event organised by the DDNF is the Annual Reunion Weekend, held in Portsmouth on the Saturday and Sunday nearest to the anniversary of D-Day.

DDNF members are sent details of the annual dinner on the Saturday evening with the annual newsletter. All are welcome at the Fellowship's Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance on the Sunday morning.


Annual Dinner

The DDNF Annual Dinner was held at the Royal Beach Hotel in Southsea on Saturday, 4 June 2016. This was the Fellowship's seventh year at the Royal Beach Hotel, a very appropriate venue for our dinner as it looks out on South Parade Pier, from which many men embarked for Normandy in the summer of 1944. The hotel is also close to Portsmouth's D-Day Memorial Stone, unveiled by Field Marshal Montgomery in 1948. Some 36 members and guests attended the dinner but for the first time no veterans were able to be present. The Chairman, Stephen Brooks, made a short speech at the end of the dinner and asked those present to drink a toast to the memory of Les Garrett, the Fellowship's Treasurer, who died at the end of May. There was the usual excellent turn out from the Birmingham branch and the vice-president of the branch, Steve Carey, said a few words and proposed a toast to 'absent friends.'




Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance

The Fellowship's 2016 Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance at Portsmouth Cathedral took place on Sunday, 5 June. The service was attended by Councillor Lynne Stagg, former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, and by a number of other dignitaries. There was the usual excellent contribution from the Cathedral choir, arranged by Dr David Price, the Cathedral organist and Master of the Choristers, who is a member of the Fellowship's Committee. After the entry of the choir and the clergy, one of the Fellowship's Books of Remembrance, which are kept at the Cathedral and contain the names of all past and present members, was taken up to the table before the altar by the Chairman, Stephen Brooks. The First Lesson was read by Councillor Lynne Stagg and the Second Lesson by the Fellowship's President, Vice-Admiral Sir Geoffrey Dalton KCB.

The Address was given by the Revd Thomas James RN. Tom has been kind enough to supply the text of his address and if you would like to read it (together with a number of other Adresses given at the Fellowship's Cathedral Service in past years), please click here.

At the end of the Service members and others attending gathered for refreshments in the Nave of the Cathedral.




D-Day 70 at Portsmouth

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Portsmouth City Council, together with the armed forces and a number of other bodies, organised a veterans’ centre on Southsea Common and a programme of activities over the anniversary period, which was all greatly appreciated by those who attended. A number of Fellowship members were present at the Drumhead Service on Southsea Common, held on the morning of 5 June, before the focus of the commemorations moved to Normandy the following day. The Drumhead Service was attended by HRH The Princess Royal, who is Commodore in Chief of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth area. The Service was followed by an amphibious assault landing by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines on Southsea seafront and a display by the Red Arrows.


Drumhead Service, 5 June 2014

Drumhead Service, 5 June 2014

Drumhead Service, 5 June 2014

Drumhead Service, 5 June 2014

Drumhead Service, 5 June 2014



HRH The Princess Royal inspects the parade.

HRH The Princess Royal inspects the parade.



DDNF members Matt and Margaret Guymer talk to the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, after the Drumhead Service.

DDNF members Matt and Margaret Guymer talk to the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, after the Drumhead Service.















Annual Dinner









Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance

Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance