By Ninder Kaur

The Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Joanne Dodds joined the Bradford branch of the Royal Naval Association to help celebrate their 80th anniversary yesterday.

Bradford Coun Joanne Dodds cutting the cake

The Lord Mayor was present to  cut the cake with a ceremonial sword at the celebrations.

The association was formed in 1935 and is believed to pre-date the national Royal Navy Association by four years. It is also the furthest-inland association in the country.


During the celebratory event, the Lord Mayor met with the president of the association before viewing the standards, handing out lapel badges to the standard bearers and cutting the cake.


A toast was given to “Absent Friends”, the Last Post was sounded and a traditional rum ration ceremony called “Up Spirits” was carried out, where tots of rum was distributed in special commemorative engraved glasses.


Lord Mayor, Councillor Joanne Dodds, said: “I was delighted to be invited to cut the cake at this special celebratory event. I would like to congratulate the members of the Bradford branch of the Royal Naval Association on reaching this milestone.”