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On Saturday 29 March, the Royal Hospital School held a dinner to celebrate the life and achievements of former pupil, Admiral Arthur Phillip, Commander of the First Fleet and Governor of New South Wales. Joining the occasion was, Guest of Honour, Sir Michael Savory, Mr Peter Benson, Mr Richard Robins from The Britain-Australia Society and the Naval Advisor to the Australian High Commission, Captain Warren Bairstow CSC RAN.

The evening started with pupil, Oscar Rowe, reading the first dispatch on the journey Admiral Phillip took to Sydney to set the mood for the evening which was shortly followed by a superb performance by the Corp of Drums.

The evening consisted of a delicious three course meal with crocodile and kangaroo on the menu! The food was cooked and presented to a very high standard making the evening one to remember.

Throughout the evening a further three dispatches were read by pupils with the last one finishing in Sydney, Australia which was followed by Band Master, Roger Jones, playing the Australian National Anthem and God Save The Queen.  The evening finished with a Sunset Ceremony.

A was a truly memorable occasion for everyone present with a great atmosphere and excitement throughout.

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