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1973-75 Brian Okey's photos

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L-R:

Dave Kirchin (3/Eng), Ian Mark (3/Eng), Andy Brown (C/RO), Brian Okey (2/RO).

  

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1973.

L-R:

Ian Mark, Brian Okey, Dai Thomas.

    

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At the Zillertal in Hamburg 1975.

L-R Top:

?? (A/Mat), Richard ?, Brian ?

L-R 4th Row:

Val ?, Mike Eltham (3/E/O), ?? (Banker), Mike Fatchen, ?? (A/Mat).

L-R 3rd Row:

Simon Richards or it could be Richardson.

L-R 2nd Row:

Dave Kirchin, Ian Grant, (A/El/O), ??, ??, ??

L-R Front Row:

John Barclay, Steve Allen (Eng Cadet), ?? (Staff Captain), ??

 

Andrew 'Lightning' Ball has kindly named Mike Eltham, Ian Grant and Steve Allen and adds;

And in the distance, a long way back out of camera shot you’ll find me in the engine room on my own doing the evening’s 8-12. I assume that Ian Mark was the duty third as he’s not in the photo, but we were definitely shut down with only the junior/cadet of the watch still down below as John Barclay was the 4th on the 8-12 at the time and he’s in the picture!  

   

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Russel Combes.

   

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L-R Back:

Liz, Dai, Brian, ?? (Banker), Noel (A/P ?).

L-R Front:

Nicky and Val.

  

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Garry Prouse ? (not sure though - he was a 3/Eng).

  

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Ian Mark and Brian Okey.

Xmas day Haifa 1975 - on the grog and then we suddenly had to leave port due to bad weather.

    

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L-R:

Ian Mark, Andy Brown (CRO), Brian Okey.

  

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L-R:

Richard, Richard Tyzack's wife, Richard Tyzack, Simon Richards or Richardson.

  

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L-R:

Bob Parsons and Dai Thomas.

  

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L-R:

John Barclay, Brian Okey and Bob Prowse.

  

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I think this was taken in Hamburg.

  

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L-R:

?? (Staff Captain), Dai Thomas, Mike Fowler, Chris Brown, Brian Okey, ?? (Purser), ?? (Asmat), Mike Beak (Chief Off).

    

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Andrew Ball advises this was taken by the ship’s photographer as she sailed from Hamburg.

  

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L-R:

Ian Mark, Richard Tyzack, ?? (Staff Captain), Brian Okey, Nicky Shutt, Val Jenkins (now Santi) and Jo Slatter (now Lindfield).

  

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Simply 'Magic'.

  

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Brian Okey standing in front of the Uganda with her broken back at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Simply 'Tragic'. 

      

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Uganda Silly Hat Party

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This is a classic example of the small ships entertainment syndrome. A Silly Hat Party! You had to be there J. I can only recognise two people and that’s Don Cole back middle with the beard and Barry Dover smack in the middle with a plastic cup on his head. What the ???? The guy in front of Don Cole is David Saunders (aka Diddy David), a Purser. And directly far right in the cloth cap is Mike Fatchen. And the gorgeous girl on the left with the chess board on her head is Marie Groom … very nice.

 

On the 27th November 2006, I was invited to Lunch on board the Pacific Princess by Bill McCandless and during the visit we went to the Bridge and met Captain Mike Fatchen who'd just arrived to take over the ship. There's a photo of him in the Reunion section here

 

Thanks to Debbie McAughtrie (nee Buxton), Bert’s wife ex Uganda Asst Mat and Entertainments Officer on Oriana & Canberra we have some more names of the above mob.

Next to Don Cole in the Aussie cork hat is John Adamson (Engineer). Wearing the dog kennel, next to Fatch, is Vicky Holmes (Asst Mat). Middle row next to the guy wearing the chef hat is Nicky Shutt (WAP) and then Anita Sunderland (WAP) (Alec's wife) 3rd from the left in the front row is Jane Kilminster (Asst Mat). The Pirate hat in the front row is Freddie Lloyd (R.O.). In the front row with a drink problem is Kirstine Mayall (Ents) and the guy delivering the drink is Jimmy Dene (Cruise Director-when he was on this planet). I think the girl on the back row in the blue T shirt is Jenny Gardener (Nursing Sister).

 

The information continues thanks to Kirstine Mayall.

Chris Blake is the Bishop in the middle of the front row. He maybe was First Officer at the time and most recently I saw him on TV just after 9/11 as Captain on one of those training sailing ships, maybe the Winston Churchill or Malcolm Miller. Frank Zaniewski, Doctor, is behind me with the top hat on and Ron Furlong, who ran everything for the kids on board, is the one with the black Admiral's hat and white shirt.

 

The information again continues thanks to Bob Eden who tells me that Chris Blake is in fact the Captain of the Bark Endeavour built in Fremantle and launched in 1994.

 

 

and this is Chris Blake now.

 

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Music Room Group 1978

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Photo & narration courtesy of Don Cole

The only two I can name are myself front left and the guy in the middle at the back who was called Morris Skinner who was a leckey with me, he was a great character and always laughing and joking, we used to try and compete with each other all the time from shooting cans to bronzing contests, he was from Sunderland I think, yet another good guy who I have lost contact with mores the pity. Maybe someone will know some other names.

 

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Uganda Cabin Party 1979

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Photo courtesy of Paul Lightfoot & Don Cole

L-R Back:      

Alan Newby AELO, David Garry 3EO, Laurie Bradley 4EO, Alison Mark (Ian's wife), Ian Mark 3EO, ?? (Ships Photographer)

Front:     

Bronwyn ? (Barclays Bank Staff), Don Cole AELO, Lynne ? (Barclays Bank Staff), Andy Ball AELO.

  

Brian Okey kindly named Alison Mark.

  

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Wardroom Pub Lunch 1978

Courtesy of Don Cole

Barclays Bank girl Pat Kilbane and Big Dave Holmes (ELO) moving in for the kill.

 

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That’s Mike Fatchen (1st Officer) holding up the bar and Bob Brunyee entertaining us as usual.

 

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Mike Fatchen again who’s skilfully demonstrating to a bemused purser the P&O sign for "my glass is empty please refill it".

 

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Here’s Don fully loaded singing along with the two at the bar but unable to stand to join them.

 

Don recalls the reason they where all so pissed was that Ken Hobbs (C/Eng) had donated a large flagon of the most rough local wine to the party, as the bar had closed, and they set about making sure Ken got his money back on the empty flagon as he reckoned it was worth more than the wine. I still remember hoping that he’d not mixed up the container with the stuff we used to clean electric motors with as is smelt like it and had the same effect after we had drank it...Death.

 

Courtesy of Don Cole

Just to prove that the effect of the wine was lethal, this is Dave Holmes's body found the next day :)

 

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1979-1983 ? Engine Room Formal

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Courtesy of Jim Walton

Names have been kindly supplied by Geoff Kimber.

I think this can be dated at 1980/81.

L-R Back:

Liquid Tim (E Cadet), ?? (E Cadet), Mike Eltham (3/E), Garry James (A/E).

L-R Middle: 

Jim Walton (A/Elec), Terry Bartholomew (1/Elec), David King (C/E), “Minty” Ferguson (4/E, Deceased), Peter Johnson J2/E.

L-R Front:

Roger Marshall (S2/E), Tony Minards (Rooster) (4/E), Ralph Birch (A/E), Simon Hill (3/E), Alan Newby (2/Elec).

 

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1979-1983 ? Engine Room Informal

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Courtesy of Jim Walton

 

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1979-1983 ? Engineers on Deck

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Courtesy of Jim Walton

 

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1979-1983 ? Engineers on Deck (a little later)

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Courtesy of Jim Walton

 

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1979-1983 ? Old Time Music Hall

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Courtesy of Jim Walton

 

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Barclays Bank Girls

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Courtesy of Andy Ball

Andy recalls;

The Barclays Bank girls did the currency exchange on the Uganda (instead of the Pursers), a hang over from the BI days apparently. Their accommodation was starboard side just aft of the Engineers accommodation so they were always great favourites of the Engineers. Seen in the engine room on a tour is Angie White on the Port Ahead wheel, and I'm afraid I can't remember the other girl's name.

 

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1980 Brochure Photos

Courtesy of Richard Reubin

Uganda Brochure shots for the 1981 season. They were taken in 1980. That's Richard Reubin pretending to be dancing with the lady in the red dress. 2 WAPs and a Purser were also roped in for the "shoot" which took place on a quiet layover day in port somewhere.

 

That's definitely Jose Mackenzie between the nearest couple on the right. Can anyone name the rest? 

 

Thanks to Sue Turner (now Sayce) for supplying the following information;

This photo was taken in Athens dry dock (no pax aboard!) whilst the ship was undergoing urgent repair work after going aground leaving Alexandria! The two ladies in the foreground were models. The Purser is Diddy David (David Saunders), and the lady with her back to the model in the red dress is me, Sue Turner (WAP), the other WAP next to Diddy David is Jose Mackenzie!!

 

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Richard believes the Chef is Trevor Friday and Andy Ball thinks the Purser on the right is David Saunders (aka Diddy David).

 

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1980 or 81 Malta Dry Dock

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Courtesy of Geoff Kimber

Taken in some catacombs on Malta (these were educational cruises you know).

L-R:

Alan Ferguson (Minty) 4EO, Dave Oakes 4EO, Ralph Birch 4EO, Liquid Tim Eng Cadet (in the grave), Tony Minards (Rooster) 4EO.

 

Blimey a lot of 4ths. Must have been a lot of boiler work on.

 

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Courtesy of Geoff Kimber

Karaoke before it had the name “Karaoke”. In a Maltese bar.
L-R:

Liquid Tim Eng Cadet, Garry James (Taff) AEO, Maurice Skinner Elec, Alan Ferguson (Minty discussing music selection with the Maltese ladies). 

 

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A bar in Malta.

L-R:

Maurice Skinner Elec, Garry James AEO, Jim Walton Elec, Alan Ferguson 4EO, Liquid Tim E cadet.


The eyes say it all.

 

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Garry James trying to be Sting & Maurice Skinner.

 

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Courtesy of Geoff Kimber

L-R:

Alan Ferguson, Dave Oakes, Liquid Tim, Maurice Skinner, Geoff Kimber.

 

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1981 On the Plates

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Courtesy of Graham Francis

Here's a shot of the gang on the plates of the never to be forgotten UGANDA in 1981. 

L-R Back:

Ralph Birch (aka I may have had a shave this morning, but I'll be allowed on decks tonight with a full set), John Taylor (Fingers), Jungle Jim Powell, Bob Brunyee, Radar (Although his passport says "Andy Webb"), Pete Johnson, Graham Francis, Ian Shufflebottom, Mr Jinha (Wireman). 

 

L-R Bottom:

The late 'Great ' Alan Newby, Alex Jamieson, John from Mumbles Chief Eng, Tony Minards, Roger Marshall.

L-R Seated:

Kevin Smith, John and Tim (eng cadets).

 

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1979-1980 Sleeping Beauty Panto

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Courtesy of Geoff Kimber

Geoff write;

Panto, an annual Christmas production whilst school cruising. This must have been about 1979 or 1980 and that year it was “Sleeping Beauty”. I can have a go at naming some of the participants but no doubt someone can help me with the ones I don’t remember:


L-R Standing:

Vincent ? (Sonny Souto Band), Vicky Holmes (Asst Matron), Zena Denman (Barclays Banker), Damien Crowley (Deck Cadet), Radio Ray Crossan (3/R/O), Ian Hamilton (A/P), Debbie Buxton (now McAughtrie) (Asst Matron & Ents/Off),  2 School Office Assistants, Geoff Sheppard (School Office Assistant) Graham Waller (Deck Cadet), Helena Swallow (WAP), Martin ? (Sonny Souto band), Sue Warnes ? (Barclays Banker), Sonny Souto (the man himself), Isadore ? (Sonny Souto band). 

L-R Seated:

Barry Smith (Cruise Director), Hamish Reid (then 2/O I think), Liz Kenyon (Nurse), Bob Brunyee (3/E), Pam Lelong (Ents/Off), Michael Reeves (Headmaster), Marion Breeze (Headmistress), Dave Christie (1/O), Nicky Shutt (S/A/P). 

On the floor:

Geoff Kimber (A/E),  Tim ? (Eng Cadet), Maurice Skinner (A/EL), Michael Gleadon (Deck Cadet), Ralph Birch (4/E), Jim Walton (A/EL), Mike Eltham (3/E), Andre Upton (WAP).

 

Sonny Souto’s band were a resident Goanese band that seemed to satisfy the simple requirements of Uganda regular punters with renditions of such classics as “Brown Girl in the Ring” and similar contemporary ditties.

 

Most of the many missing names have been kindly supplied by Debbie Buxton (now McAughtrie).

 

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Courtesy of Geoff Kimber

L-R:

Dave Christie CO, Nicky Shutt SAP, Geoff Kimber (in mask), Bob Brunyee 3EO, ?? Deck Cadet, Pam ? Ents, ??, ?? WAP.

 

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Courtesy of Geoff Kimber

The Apollos:
Clockwise

Maurice Skinner, Mike Eltham, Jim Walton, ?? Deck Cadet, Ralph Birch (balloon in mouth) (good!).

 

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1983 Engineers drinks on Deck post Falklands War

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Courtesy of Geoff Kimber

This photo was taken in 1983 whilst Uganda was a troopship and in the vicinity of Ascension Island. Going out “on decks” was a little more informal than whilst cruising. The members of this group are taking a few light refreshments on boat deck outside the engineers’ accommodation.

Standing:

Paul Clasby, Dave Grant, Terry Bartholomew, Mike Stone, Tony Walters (A/Elec), Malcolm Dann (“Book ‘em Danno”).

Seated:

Ken Willey, Dave Oakes

 

Tony Walters has been kindly named by Paul Carney.

 

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1980/81 The Wurzels Tribute Band

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Courtesy of Geoff Kimber

Entertainment for the passengers on Uganda was “budget” style. Here are perhaps the unique Wurzels Tribute Band.

L-R:

Maurice Skinner, “Liquid” Tim (E/Cadet), Bob Brunyee & squeezebox, Don Cole, Tony “Rooster” Minards, Geoff Kimber in mask as “Old Johnny Bugger”, backed by Sonny Souto’s band.

 

Don Cole remembers;

This was an event I had completely forgotten about. It must have been on my last trip on Uganda between Sep and Nov 79 the trip we went aground off Alexandria.

 

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1977/78 Engine Room group

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Courtesy of Jim Lakin

L-R 

Back: 

John Adamson, Bob Brunyee, Barry Dover, Andy Mitchell, Andy Ball.

Middle: 

John Barclay, David Kirchin, Paul Lightfoot, David Garry, Alex Jameson (1st Elec).

Front:

Jim Lakin, Al Newby, John Howell (CEO), Roger Marshall.

Very Front:

Tommy Shaw (Electrician).
 

Tommy was named by Tony Simpson.

Paul Lightfoot and Alex Jameson have been named by Don Cole.

Andy Mitchell has been named by Chris Lawton.

John Howell was named by Geoff Kimber

 

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1975 Engine Room Group

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Courtesy of Jim Lakin

Jim has told me the following people are in the photo but I'm not sure who's who; Ian Mark, Chris Brown, Jim Lakin, Alan Newby (deceased), Dai Thomas, Ken Hobbs (deceased), Roger Marshal (deceased), Bob Prowse, Alex Malcolm.

 

Jim Brady has identified himself in this shot and adds;

It was in fact 1975. I’m the one on the right ... sitting on the switchboard rail ... with the spectacles. I was the J2 and stood the twenty past 4 to 8. It was, after ten years at sea, a sort of lap of honour and I was going elsewhere. In any event ... steamships were becoming rare. By and large the people on your site are the ones that were joining as juniors as I was leaving. Well done Martin Elliot and my condolences to Bernie O’Dell’s relatives. He insisted that his name was Odell ... without the apostrophe. He was one of the good guys.

 

Geoff Horan realls;

I agree with Jim that was from ’75. I am in the top right hand corner just emerging from the genny room. The Serang, who is in the bottom left was a real good chap, as were all the crew in the engine room. The most reliable men I ever sailed with. I recall that when we had a ‘crew curry’ he used to be invited. He used to sit beaming at everyone, with his can of Guinness, god knows what he thought of us all, half canned engineers.

 

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Freetown Beach Group

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Courtesy of Don Cole

L-R 

??, Barry (Ben) Dover, Sean Atkinson (Plug). 

Living it up on the beach in Freetown on a Christmas Cruise to WA on Uganda.

 

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Funnel Group

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Courtesy of Geoff Kimber

Geoff writes;

A rare photo that in today’s climate of ‘elf & safety would probably not be permitted. Gasping for air are Mick O’Connor (E Cadet) & Mike Thomas (3EO) in a very precarious position on the top of the funnel of Uganda at twilight and rolling at sea. Actually even more precarious is the position of the photographer (me) but at least I guess I am upwind of the other auxiliary flue gases.
 

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Officers' Revue

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Courtesy of Glen Cunningham

Glen writes;

This photo was taken when I was on Uganda for a month as a favour for Ken Hewitt who would not give me a ticket to Sydney from London to go back to the Arcadia early to join my fiancé. Debbie Buxton (now McAughtrie) gave me the photo when I went back to Scotland for my brother's wedding some years ago and whilst I was there I went to see Bert and Debbie. Paul Dilks wrote this story/sketch which we normally did on the Arcadia during officers revue (photos to come). You can see Dilksie on the mic with Debbie playing my daughter Felicity Fondelmore, me on the ballroom floor playing Colonel Fondelmore and the Chief RO Fred I think playing the villain. The hero (Hector Havelot) is not in shot and I cannot remember who played him. On the Arc Charlie Hill played the hero and Dougie Cruikshank the villain. Felicity on the Arc was played, usually by one of the most buxom of the girls. What makes the photo so unique is that to my knowledge it was only performed this once as it was the only time Paul and I sailed on Uganda together.

   

Harbo adds;

Fred the CRO is Freddie Lloyd and sat on the left of Paul Dilks is Chris Sample (behind music stand).

   

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Restaurant in Venice Group

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Courtesy of Don Cole

This is of a night out in Venice and shows clockwise around the table from the left is Bob Brunye, David Garry, Don Cole with a glass on his head, Cadet (No Name), Lynne ? (Barclays Bank Staff), Andy Ball, John Gunner, and the elusive Paul Lightfoot (Back to camera).

 

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Venice Group

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Courtesy of Don Cole

Returning to the Uganda after a night out in Venice and shows in clockwise order from Don Cole holding onto the lamppost, photog (No Name), Bronwyn (Barclays Bank Staff), David Garry and another don't know.

 

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