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Reunion 2014

Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd May




Peterborough Business Park
Lynch Wood

Tel: 01733 371111


Another year passes, I attach below the report which Mike Pond has forwarded to be included in "The Haltonian". I have added some photographs of events and personnel. Thanks to George Wade for managing to get a few pictures for the site.

Members of the ex-82nd Entry RAF Halton gathered for their 27th consecutive annual reunion at the Peterborough Marriott Hotel on 22nd and 23rd May 2014. Most arrived on the Thursday afternoon to torrential rain, thunder and lightning but such climatic events by no means “dampened our spirits”. No excuse to go out so the bar was soon crowded, greetings and hugs exchanged and the oft repeated stories of the past began only to be interrupted by the entry meeting at 17.30, in the “Silver Ghost” room, before supper.

Numbers were somewhat reduced this time around but attending were Dave Triggs, John & Uta Humphries, John & Doreen Hester, Martin Harvey & Maggie, Syd & Lydia Rew, Chas & Maureen Dewar, Brian & Julia Kirby, Maurice & Christine Conybear, Ian & Maureen Newton and carer Andrea Szegegi, Bryn & Sheila Spratley, Nigel Bacon & Margaret Ironside, Mick Simmons, Ernie King, Dave & Lynn Pearson, George Wade and Mike & Eileen Pond. Mick & Betty Stracey called in on Thursday afternoon to say hello but Mick had to attend for a long awaited medical procedure the next day so could not stay. It was also great to welcome back 581 “Rigger Pnue” (Ian Newton) and Maureen back after Ian’s severe medical problems some three years ago.

Apologies were received from Christina Simmons, Bill & Julie Boyd, ‘Ginge’ & Jean Ashenden, Bryan & Evelyn Gillingham and Glynn & Michelle Jones.

On Thursday evening, after pre dinner drinks in the “Pulse Bar” (yes, some of us still have a pulse!!), we gathered in the “Emperor Suite” for a delightful Carvery Buffet accompanied by a few “bevies” and wines and much chat into the evening. Later, a few then retired again to the bar to continue the stories.

Friday dawned bright and sunny and after a great breakfast (they served Kippers), a large group departed for RAF Wittering to include a guided tour of the Harrier museum and lunch in The Sergeants Mess. Others took off for Stamford and other destinations. Again we gathered at 17.15 in the “Pulse Bar” and then along to the “Emperor Suite” for our formal dinner, enjoyed by all. The room was beautifully prepared by ‘Rip’, Julia, Chas and Maureen and other helpers, with original entry banner and, as always, this occasion was graced by our ladies attending. The raffle raised £150.00 towards funds and a great evening was enjoyed by all into “the wee small hours”.

The whole event was organised by ‘Rip’ and Julia Kirby. They did us proud, it  went like clockwork and we are all most appreciative of their efforts. After another great breakfast on Saturday, we said our farewells and most departed in their different directions after yet another memorable gathering.

The venue for ‘Reunion 2015’ is the Telford Hotel & Golf Resort, Shropshire on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd May, to be organised by Martin Harvey and Maggie. Diary it now and see you there, golf clubs and all.

Gathering at the gate on the trip to RAF Wittering


harrier 2
Exhibits at Wittering


Ready to dine on Friday 23rd.