Where Are They?
Where Were You?
The 82nd Entry staged its 23rd
consecutive annual reunion at the Hilton,
, on the 28/
29th May 2010
. We enjoyed the celebratory dinner on Friday 28th, attended by 24
ex-Brats, 21 of their ladies and 5 guests. Most also stayed on for a relaxed
dinner on Saturday 29th, attended by 20 ex-82nd, 19 ladies
and one guest.
The Chairman, after thanking Mick Simmonds, Christine and
Ernie King, for organising the whole event, welcomed all the members and guests
and also spoke, in fond terms, of Doug Pirie, recently deceased. Doug was the 82nd
Entry No.1 Warrant Officer Apprentice, who excelled academically and at
athletics. After departing Halton for RAF College Cranwell, with a Technical
Cadetship, Doug and the ‘powers to be’ did not see ‘eye to eye’ and he
decided to purchase his discharge from the service a couple of years later. He
to become a Lumberjack. Somewhat diverse from a RAF career! Doug also wrote a
book called ‘Timberdown’ that related to his worldwide experiences in this
regard. He is sadly missed.
The weather was not too kind to us but several parties
ventured forth to such places as
, HMS Victory,
and the RAF Tangmere museum. We are sure that we spotted similar hardtack
biscuits on HMS Victory that were still in circulation in the various mess’s
during our time at Halton. Maybe conditions aboard Victory and at Halton were
not all that different!
The entry fund now totals £1,177.68. Reunion 2011 will be
held at the Bentley Hotel,
, during the weekend 20/21 May. Mick Stracey is the organiser and can be
contacted at: 01522 536329
for full details of the weekend package. Alternatively, you can contact myself.
Mike Pond – Chairman: 01362 697412