Adelphi Hotel Liverpool
October 11th, 2013 thru October 13th, 2013.
With history that dates back to 1914 and elegant decor that boasts stunning marble halls and elegant chandeliers the Britannia Adelphi Liverpool City Centre Hotel is one of Liverpool's largest hotels.
Due to the great location of the Britannia Adelphi Hotel many of Liverpool's attractions such as Liverpool Shopping Centre, Albert Dock, are located within walking distance of the hotel along with excellent museums, theatres and is a two minute walk to Liverpool Lime street station. It is easy to see that it was built at the height of the transatlantic steamship era.
There was an anonymous gift of a rather large sum of money put over the bar to pay for our drinks during dinner on Saturday night and all I can say to that person is it was very much appreciated. I was sworn to secrecy as to the identity of the benefactor so Martin and Denise Brown your secret is safe with me. It was also Denise Brown's birthday over the weekend so a very happy birthday to you Denise and it was great having you both at the reunion.
Thanks to all that attended this year it was again a great success and a weekend to remember. This year we had 31 Troubridge warriors and we had our biggest turn out of our partners with 8 ladies joining us this year attend at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. Liverpool is no stranger to the Navy both Royal and Merchant which is apparent by the local architecture and nautical touches on most of the older buildings. The Adelphi was opened in 1914 and was the third hotel of that name in Liverpool and it was built at the peak of the transatlantic steamship era. The main greeting area is the largest I have ever seen and the ceilings were almost 40ft in height. Anyway take a look at the photos on our website in a couple of week’s time for some good shots of the hotel as well as the lads and ladies.
Again I need to say a special thanks and a big Bravo Zulu to Jim Halliwell (and his bride Rita for putting up with it) for another great job in organizing the weekend. I have been extremely busy with my real estate business in the US and Jim stepped up and carried most of the load. I will send out a broadcast once I have posted the videos and photos on the website. If you have not shared your photo’s with me yet please sends them to me as the more the merrier.
This year was especially great for me as I met up with my old mate and good friend of years ago George KP Kirkpatrick. Glad you joined us KP and I hope you will be with us in Guz next year. Also my best friend from my HMS Albion days Derek Scott and his wife Carol joined us this year as guests I would like to thank Derek for all the photographs he took of my dinner roll, pint of bitter, and other interesting table items. Never give your camera to a Chief GI and ask him to take photos for you they are all children and never grow up.
Friday October 11th, 2011
Arrival day in my opinion is one of the best days of the weekend and the best lamp swinging day. We all had a couple of drinks before adjoining to our private hall for Up Spirits and then to the buffet dinner in the main dining room which I must say were very good.
The beer flowed well and everyone was catching up on the past years happenings. We found an area close to the bar and laid claim to it for the evening and although the DJ was load by the time we got to about 10:00pm we were all in a great mood and oblivious to the sound. They played a lot of music from the 60, 70, 80’s so we did quite a few sing-alongs. Thanks to the presence of our ladies quite a few took the opportunity to trip the light fantastic on the dance floor. One of the lads decided to drum along with the music on the bar which for no apparent reason infuriated one of the biggest bar man I have ever seen who definitely got out of the wrong side of the bed that day only to find out that someone had urinated in his cornflakes. So the barman gave us a right mouthful of which every other work made reference to a sexual act, needless to say after that he was off the Christmas list and received no other tips from the lads other than what he could go do with himself. Some of us adjoined to the American bar and then when that closed at 3:00am we reluctantly went to bed.
Saturday October 12th, 2013
Started with great full English breakfast buffet and lots more conversation and swapping of information etc. We held our Annual General meeting which I am happy to say was well attended and the minutes have already been circulated.
In the afternoon we headed into town to visit the notorious Cavern and the liver building along with the docks area of Liverpool.They have done an excellent job of turning the City center into a pedestrian area and preserving part of the dockland area but there was not really much to show for the huge ship building and passenger industry that I would associate with Liverpool the only boat traffic on Mersey river was the ferry. Maybe I was expecting too much.
We all met in our private hall for Up Spirits and our rum Boson and Treasurer Smudge Smith did his usual fine job. The dinner was a great success and the food was a credit to the hotel. Smudge Smith ran our raffle of donated items again which generated enough income for the port and rum next year so I thank you all for participating. Thank you to Dave Cooke for stepping in and covering for Jeremy Sanders who had to cancel at the last minute. After dinner we adjourned to the bar and laughed the night away until the wee small hours and again some of us adjoined to the American bar until 3:00am when we reluctantly went to bed.
Sunday October 13th, 2013
Sunday morning was a full English breakfast again and a debrief by everyone of last night’s dinner etc and quite a few packed up and reluctantly headed for home around 11:00am and those that had travelled by train and may now have been a little fatigued from a couple of late nights were glad that Liverpool Lime Street station was literally a stone throw from the hotel. Quite a few of us had decided to stay Sunday night and again did some sightseeing in and around Liverpool. After dinner we adjourned to the bar and laughed the night away again and I have to say Joe Alcock has always been a life and sole of our sessions with joke after joke but he has been up staged by Shiner Wright’s partner Sue. I will say that Joe submitted gracefully and I can’t wait till next year when hopefully Sue will give Joe a rematch. Then again some of us adjoined to the American bar until 3:00am when we reluctantly went to bed.
Monday October 14th, 2013
Full English breakfast again and reluctant goodbyes and we all headed for home around 11:00am.
Many thanks to Jim Halliwell for a great job as always setting up the meeting room with all the photos as always they went over really well. Great job by all in recruiting new member’s last count we were up to 97.
The Adelphi Hotel did a fantastic job of making the weekend a great success and we thank them.
2014 sees us in the Copthorne hotel in Plymouth for the venue on October 10th thru 12th which unfortunately is not a Britannia hotel so we are negotiating rates and are trying to get them to discount the beer as does the Britannia hotel chain. It will be a great weekend so get it on your calendar now believe you me you will not be disappointed.
Bryan Pace HMS Troubridge 1966-1969 16 mess Junior Seamen.
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Howell Mi 48855
HMS TROUBRIDGE Final Commission Association 1966-1969