On Friday 15th February 2019, the Voluntary Sector paid tribute to the contribution the Lord-Lieutenant and Lady White have made to the Isle of Wight during the last twelve years. Major General Sir Martin White, who retires at the end of March, along with Lady White, attended the event at the Riverside Centre which was hosted by Mr Richard Priest MBE. The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and his wife also attended, along with other Island dignitaries.
A number of speakers from organisations and charities with whom the Lord-Lieutenant and Lady White have worked over the years, many of which had been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, shared their experiences and gave thanks for what had been achieved.
Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion and cadets from the Island’s Army Cadet Force also took part in the evening along with Lord-Lieutenant Cadets, past and present who expressed their gratitude. Personal tributes were also made from Officers with whom the Lord-Lieutenant had served in the Armed Forces.
A letter of good wishes on his retirement, was presented to the Lord-Lieutenant from Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH, Britain’s Prime Minister during the first Gulf War in 1990/91 when Sir Martin commanded the United Kingdom’s logistic operation in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Memories were also shared from Sir Martin’s time as a school boy at Sandown Grammar School, Shanklin Town Brass Band provided the music and a fabulous cake was presented by the Women’s Institute, amongst other gifts.