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Times of Change 1984 1994

The First Lady Commodore

1989 saw the innovation at SSSC of the election of the first Lady Commodore.

Memories of my Commodore's year 1989-90 by Pam Waine

I was proud to be the first lady commodore. In fact I was offered the position a few years earlier but I had turned it down.
On my commodore's day I had tried to arrange for a pony and trap, but these seemed hard to come by and very expensive. So I changed plans and decided to come in a real RNLI lifeboat, organized by the Timmins family. Peter and I were dressed for the part, in RNLI sweaters, caps and wellington boots and joined the life boat at the beginning of Gailey Lea Lane.

Unfortunately I had forgotten to bring any shoes, so when we dressed for the tea party, I had to spend the rest of the day in stockinged feet. Peter and I were seated under the club mast and served cucumber sandwiches and tea. We were attended by two young boys, Christopher and Peter Mellor and Sue, with Jonathon Parry and John Mellor all dressed in Indian dhotis with large fan-like objects on poles, as punka wallahs. Peter and I first met whilst at Rangoon Yacht Club.

Thank goodness we were not treated to being drenched with water, as seems to be the norm nowadays. Past commodores and wives were served sit-down teas in the clubhouse.