Six FANYs supported the Royal Naval Artificers 150th Anniversary celebrations at Guildhall, London. A gala dinner was organised by the Royal Naval Engineers’ Benevolent Society to mark the 150th Anniversary of the introduction by Order in Council of Artificers into the Royal Navy by Queen Victoria in 1868.
664 Artificers from across the world attended the event and were welcomed by members of the Corps who performed an essential stewarding and organisational role. The FANYs ensured that everyone who entered Guildhall for the dinner and preceding reception was entitled to do so, knew exactly where to go, and could do so safely and quickly.
Following the reception, the FANYs remained on duty to guide all the guests from the Old Library and Print Room to the Great Hall ensuring they were ready to be seated within the tight 20 minute time frame.
The dinner was presided over by the President, Captain Peter J Towell OBE, MA, MBA, CEng, CMarEng, FIMarEST, Royal Navy, the Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan and the Guest Of Honour was Vice Admiral Sir Simon Lister KCB, OBE, FIMarEST, the Managing Director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.
For 150 years Artificers have provided the skilled maintainers and operators of the Royal Navy’s ships, submarines and aircraft and all their associated machinery and equipment. Everyone at the dinner was or had been an Artificer and their ages ranged from the youngest at 32 to John Harrison who at 103 is the oldest Artificer in the world.