Notwithstanding inclement weather, more than a hundred guests attended the Memorial Service to commemorate the sinking of the Arniston 200 years ago, at Waenhuiskrans in front of the Arniston Hotel on Sunday 31 May 2015. Of the twenty wreaths that were laid, Marshal Smuts Shellhole Life Member Moth Daphne Foster-Sutherland represented our beloved Order at the event.
Commemoration of the event lasted the whole weekend and our old friends the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band performed throughout; the British High Commissioner attended on the Saturday.
According to Moth Foster-Sutherland; on completion of the service all the wreaths were collected and taken by three fishing boats to be laid to rest at sea behind the breakwater. Two flares were then fired followed by a two gun salute and to conclude the service, an eight bell ringing of the Ship’s Bell was performed.