Thank you to all who attended our Christmas get-together at Mandells Gallery last night.

The evening was a fantastic success, with the re-formed Excelsior Shanty Band providing musical entertainment and a very heartfelt contribution from Alex reminding us why we are all involved in this project.

We were delighted to present Bob Lambert with our prestigious Honorary Smacksman Award in recognition of the valued work and time he has put into Excelsior over the last few years and John Wylson was Highly Commended for the Marsh Volunteer Award for Historic Vessel Conservation 2014 ‘in view of his unstinting support for the maritime heritage of the United Kingdom’.

Lastly, we would like to give thanks to the Allen family of Mandells Gallery for hosting the event for us and to everybody who has assisted us in our work over the last year. Have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!