Cinque ports celebrate

Artist Denys LeFevre SUS-150906-154419001
Artist Denys LeFevre SUS-150906-154419001

The Confederation of the Cinque Ports gathered at Walmer Castle, Kent, to mark the tenth anniversary of the installation of Admiral of the Fleet, the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL.

Attending the celebrations were mayors from the five Cinque Ports of Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich, the two Antient Towns of Rye and Winchelsea and the associated Cinque Ports’ limbs, other officers, and Registrar and Seneschal Ian Russell.

Admiral the Lord Boyce was installed as the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle on April 12, 2005, in succession to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

During the course of the tenth anniversary reception, the Lord Warden was presented with a framed pen, ink and wash map of the original Cinque Ports, Antient Towns and limbs (past and present) with a photograph of the Lord Warden, with the castle in the background, superimposed on the top; the work of artist Denys LeFevre FRSA, as a gift from the Confederation.

English Heritage - who own and maintain Walmer Castle, the Lord Warden’s official residence - presented the Lord Warden with a wooden stand for his ceremonial sword. The sword was a gift to Lord Boyce from the Confederation in 2005 and is on display in the Castle’s dining room; the map is on display in the Sackville Room.

A spokesman said: “Denys and his wife Barbara were introduced to the Lord Warden at the Reception who thanked him for his illustrated map. The Lord Boyce indicated he was very taken with the drawing and pleased that it would complement the new displays at Walmer Castle, helping to tell the story of the history of the Cinque Ports.”

Those attending the reception were given a preview tour of the Castle’s re-ordered Wellington rooms prior to their opening to the public to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.