Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a huge pleasure to be here with you today, as Godmother of Saga’s new wonderful cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery.
Saga, of course, works predominantly with the over-50s – an age group which, to me, looks increasingly youthful these days. I recently came across a wonderful quotation by TS Eliot, and I wonder if it might resonate with some of you here today: "The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down."
I know that Saga has a proud history of charitable endeavours, particularly through the Saga Charitable Trust. I was therefore delighted to learn that your first-ever national charity partner is The Silver Line, of which I am Patron. You will perhaps indulge a proud Patron for taking a moment to praise the work of this wonderful organisation, which provides a 24-hour telephone service for older people who are feeling lonely or isolated. Since its launch in 2013, it has received over 2 million calls – and the support of Saga will help ensure that its vital work can continue. On behalf of The Silver Line, thank you very much.
And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, I name this ship Spirit of Discovery. May God bless her and all who sail in her.