With great regret the ADLS has decided to cancel the 2020 Veterans Cruise. We are very sorry to be unable to welcome our Veteran friends aboard this year but their safety is our first priority. We are determined to keep the Veterans Cruise as an annual event. We will be back.


11th - 13th September 2020

The ADLS Veterans Cruise is a longstanding event in the ADLS annual calendar and was borne from an event first started in 1991 by Rev. John Richards. John organised an event in conjunction with Turks Launches taking members of the Dunkirk Veterans Association for a trip on the river. In 1993 John was unable to continue with the event and the ADLS Committee suggested that it should be taken over by the ADLS and Sandy Evens (then owner of NAIAD ERRANT) was given the task of organising the event to be held in September 1994 in conjunction with Weybridge Mariners Club (WMC), to bring together members of the Dunkirk Veterans Association (consisting of those servicemen and women who had been rescued or captured at Dunkirk in 1940) and the Little Ships. As the years progressed the number of actual members of the Dunkirk Veterans Association (DVA) diminished and following the disbanding the DVA in 2000, the Veterans Cruise was broadened to encompass Veterans from other WWII campaigns. In 2005 Ian Gilbert (PAPILLON 05- 2015,  LADY LOU 2015- present )  took over the organisation from Sandy, Ian and Karina Gilbert continue to organise this event which is more popular than ever.   

In more recent years, the Veterans Cruise has been expanded further to include Veterans of more recent conflicts such as Falklands and the Gulf and service related organisations such as War Widows.  The Veterans Cruise remains one of the most important ADLS events and garners considerable support from ADLS members and associated organisations and Thames based boat clubs.   


For the last several years the Veterans Cruise has taken place over two days and been based at Thames Motor Yacht Club (TMYC) adjacent to Hampton Court and on the Sunday the WMC still welcomes the Veterans and the ADLS. The Veterans are treated to a day on the river followed by either an afternoon supper at TMYC or lunch at the WMC.