2018 Royal Beach Hotell Southsea October 5th,6th,7th 2018
Thanks to all that attended this year it was a huge success
Pompey lived up to its friend of the sailor reputation and played host to the USS Harry H. Truman that anchored out over the weekend.
Friday October 5th, 2018
A couple last minute cancellations due to ill health saw 38 of us met in Pompey at the Royal Beach Hotel and 10 of our partners joined us which made it a great weekend. We had a late scare regarding being able to get Pompey from London by train with the tube Central line on a 2 day strike action for Friday and Saturday as well as limited service from Waterloo to Pompey. I am glad to say that everyone made it even if the Pompey train did stop at every station on the way.
Friday night although we were sharing the Hotel with about 140 crew from all commissions of HMS Lowestoft it did not seem to impact the hotels ability to take good care of us and although out numbered by them I think we really took over the main bar and made it our own. On speaking with some of the Lowestoft crew it seemed that they only knew 2 or 3 people that attended their reunion so so most of their gatherings were groups of 4 or 5 unlike ours where pretty much all of us sat together I guess that is what makes our reunions special we do each other. Buster Brown was on the Lowestoft and kept threatening to jump reunions so rather than give him the satisfaction we went ahead and traded him to the Lowestoft for a pint Lager and packet of pork scratchings but the Lowestoft reneged on the deal so we had to take him back. It was just another great night of beer and communication and the conversation flowed as well as the beer. Tot time and then a buffet dinner and some more alcohol and lots and lots of laughter saw this tired matelote off to bed about about 03:30 am.
Saturday October 6th, 2018
Started with great full English breakfast and lots more conversation and swapping of information. Had our AGM and settled for Liverpool for the 2019 location. Discussed our plans for the day and then disbursed with most of us heading for the dockyard and our invitation to have Up Spirits on the infamous HMS Victory arranged once more by our very own David Cooke. Thank you again David having missed out myself in 2016 it was great you could arrange a mismuster for us.
Shave Shower and Shampoo as they say and get ready for tot time and the evening meal in our private dining room. Food and service was great and the hotel staff did a fantastic job. This year guest speaker Commodore Phil Waterhouse was able to join us and gave a very enlightening address regarding the current state of the Royal Navy and its direction.
The night went really well with lots of piss taking which we all still seem to be good at. Our raffles brought in around £400 which was great and covered our costs for website, tot time, port etc. Turned in again at 03:30 am and slept like a baby.
Sunday October 8th, 2017
Sunday morning was a full English breakfast for me again and a debrief by everyone of last nights dinner etc and those booked only for two nights including your truly packed up and reluctantly headed for home around 11:00 am.
A lot of us now stay for Sunday night and it is a great relaxing day and a good time for sightseeing. We went over to Gosport to visit the HMS Dolphin museum which if you have never been is worth the trip and you can see the X craft used on the Tirpitz raid and as every Ganges boy knows one was Captained by Captain B.C.G Place VC who was Captain at Ganges in 1965 when a lot of us joined.
Sadly this year we lost Jim Adam's wife Patricia who crossed over the bar our condolences Jim, Patricia will be missed at our reunions.
Paul Smith has some Royal Navy ties with the Troubridge crest on them as well as other slops so should you want one contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan Pace HMS Troubridge 1966-1969 16 mess Junior Seamen.
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