Old Mercury Boys Dinner 11th September 2021 -David Hathorn (4587)

July 17, 2021


I am at last able to confirm that the often-postponed Old Boy’s dinner will happen this September. 

I have paid the deposit for exclusive use of the Nelson lounge and dining room of Royal Maritime Club in Old Portsmouth for Saturday 11th September 2021 for our Old Mercury Boys Dinner. If you are reasonably coherent and mobile you are invited to apply. There is also a warm invitation to the wives and partners of Mercury Boys who have crossed the bar.

Costs will be £45 per head for a 3-course dinner with half bottle of house wine per person with a glass of fizz to start and a port to finish- £35 for those that paid the £10 deposit last year.  There will be a choice of 3 options for each course.

The club is the traditional Portsmouth hotel of the Royal Navy and is located in Old Portsmouth; just a few yards from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Victory, Mary Rose, Warrior etc) and the waterfront.

I have also reserved a limited number of bedrooms for those wishing to stay.  The room costs will be a max of £125 for a double and £80 single- all en-suite & including breakfast.  There is also plenty of alternative accommodation nearby to suit pockets and taste.

This may be our last chance at large gathering of OB’s as our numbers inevitably thin. I can promise that there will not be any speeches or guest speaker – just humour and memories. One or two items of interest are also planned.  So come and celebrate our shared experience in our rather unusual school and ship

 if you would like to attend, please contact me at davidhathorn@hotmail.com as soon as possible, advising of the number of people.  I am limiting the numbers so please also confirm attendance if you paid the deposit last year.

 David Hathorn (4587)


  1. The Hamble Sea Scouts (Mercury troop) yacht naming (Spirit of Mercury) will take place on the same date and the final arrangements will be posted on the website shortly..
  2. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The massive array of attractions include HMS Victory. Mary Rose Museum. HMS Warrior 1860, National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS M.33, Boathouse 4.  For those seeking some sedate sea time- a short boat trip across the harbour to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower