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Canberra Reunion July 2008

Date:    

July 2008

Venue:  

Alexander's Pub in Paphos, Cyprus

Attendees:

Richard Wood and Gerry Murphy

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Gerry Writes:
It was while visiting seadogs-reunited.com a few weeks ago that I saw that Harbo had tracked down Richard Wood to a bar in Paphos, Cyprus. Well what a coincidence, I had just booked a weeks holiday in Paphos for myself and my wife Anne, so we thought it would be great to catch up with Richard.
 
Having booked into our hotel the day before we decided it was time to find Richard and Alexander's Pub. I asked the receptionist at our hotel if she could find out where Alexander's Pub was and after a couple of phone calls said that the local taxi firm thought they knew the place. After a 10 minute cab ride we end up at Alexandys bar! Not to be put off we got out of the cab and decided to start our search from there. Ordering a drink I asked if the barman knew Richard or where Alexander's Pub was, yes was the reply it's 100 yards up the road, but doesn't open for a couple of hours. Oh well says I, we'll stay here for a while! 
 
Anyway a couple of hours later we make our way to Richards place. We parked ourselves on 2 bar stools and proceeded to order our drinks. Anne's drink was ordered and as it turns out, one of the main brews in Cyprus is Carlsberg, so I asked for a "Charlie" for myself. Richard went to the pump and then took a double take! I haven't heard it called that for a long time was his response. After a couple of rounds of "Who do you think I am", he twigged who I was (I don't know why it took so long as I don't think I have changed a bit in 27 years since we sailed together last). Anyway with that out the way, we spent a couple of hours reminiscing about days gone by, such as spending may hours in the Bonito club, listening to the Colin Hindmarsh trio. When we finally left Richard, we arranged to have lunch later during the week, which unfortunately due to work commitments Richard was not able to attend, so Anne and I went back to Alexander's Pub to say our goodbyes.
 
It was great catching up with Richard again, he is a fine host and if any other seadogs are in Paphos I recommend that you pop in and say hello.
 
P.S. You can tell that he is ex P&O as if you look in the top left hand side of the photo, there are a can of Allsopps and a Farewell Oriana tinny on the shelf!

 

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Seadogs Reunion 7th July 2008

Date:    

7th July 2008

Venue:  

Pacific Princess at Sea in the Med

Attendees:

Celia Cowan (now Chester), Peter Chester and Peter Pratt 

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Peter Chester, his lovely wife Celia Chester (nee Cowan) and Peter Pratt (Purser).

 

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Relaxing at dinner. Celia and 2 Peters.

 

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Seadogs Reunion August 2008

Date:    

August 2008

Venue:  

The residence of Martin and Denise Reed 

Attendees:

Martin Reed, Peter Chester, Celia Cowan and Denise Donnelly

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Martin Reed (Ch Off Oriana and Captain Saga Rose) and Peter Chester (2nd Engineer P&O Passenger Division and Chief Engineer P&O Ferries).

 

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Martin Reed, Celia Cowan (now Chester, WAP Oriana), Peter Chester and Denise Donnelly (now Reed Nursing Sister Oriana).
 

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Oriana Reunion 17th September 2008

Date:    

17th September 2008

Venue:  

Holiday Inn, Sydney

Attendees:

Dave Coleman, Martin Harris, Marlene Harris and Peter Bennett

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Dave Coleman (aka Cornish), Peter Bennett, Marlene Harris (the self confessed Seadog Moll) and Martin Harris (aka Chopper).

 

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Peter writes;

We met up at the Holiday Inn for a few beers and then went off to Pinocchio’s for a meal. It was a fantastic night, the thirty year gap since sailing with these guys just melted away and the “do you remember and what happened to?” Nostalgia came thick and fast, uncanny how the friendships of the past were as if the years never existed, the tales just got better with the retelling! These guys have not changed they still look the same and would be recognized anywhere (scary thought considering the wheeling that went on!) apart from the blonde look and ballast.
 

Marlene and Chopper are researching the possibility of a bigger get together in Sydney in September 2009, would be terrific if we could get everyone together in the one place.

 

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Uganda Reunion, the Barwell Residence

Date:    

July 2008

Venue:  

The home of Julian & Sue Barwell

Attendees:

Leigh Crumbie, John Barclay, Sue Barwell, Geoff Kimber, Michael Blaskewicz (Blaster), Alison Harris, Julian Barwell, Chris Lawton, Tim Leneghan, Kathy Leneghan, Jackie Kimber.

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This is a reunion held at Julian Barwell’s house in July 2008.

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Leigh Crumbie, John Barclay, Sue Barwell, Geoff Kimber, Michael Blaskewicz (Blaster), Alison Harris, Julian Barwell, Chris Lawton, Tim Leneghan, Kathy Leneghan, Jackie Kimber.

 

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The Bear's 50th Reunion 27th September 2008

Date:    

27th September 2008

Venue:  

Eden Arms, Rushyford, County Durham

Attendees:

Archie Anderson, Malcolm (MT) Turner, Andrew (Lightning) Ball, Jim (Gentleman Jim) Barlow, Dougie Beveridge, Stu (The Bear) Drew, Pinky.

 

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Stu's (The Bear) 50th Birthday Party Reunion.

L-R:

Archie Anderson, Malcolm Turner (MT), Andy Ball (Lightning), Jim Barlow (Gentleman Jim), Dougie Beveridge, Stuart  Drew (The Bear), Pinky.

 

Don Cole has kindly sent in a pdf file of over 40 photos from this event. Click on the Acrobat icon to view the file. 

 

 

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Oriana Reunion 26th October 2008

Date:    

26th October 2008

Venue:  

The Stables (Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth’s venue)

Attendees:

Celia Cowan (now Chester) and Mike Robbins

 

Courtesy of Celia Chester

Celia writes;

Mike Robbins was Entertainment Director on Oriana. We went to see a show on Sunday (26th Oct) featuring his daughter Kate who is quite well known over here and Mike was in the audience. I introduced myself, I used to be Senior Officers' Secretary on the homeward bound in 1976 and had spent hours in his office taking dictation and laughing my socks off at his antics. He's now 80 and am not sure he remembered me but today I sent him some old photos and some of me when I was 23 to jog his memory. He's looking good and doesn't look any older than I remember him.
 

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Oriana Crew Reunion, Southampton

Date:    

10th January 2009

Venue:  

Channel Way, Ocean Village Southampton

Attendees:

Alan Bacon, Alan Perrett (Seagull), Andy Meek, Andy Pilcher (Pilch), Andy Stageman, Carol Perrett (Mrs Seagull), Chalkie, Dave Traynor, Di Brabham, Jay, John Duplock (Chief Printer 1974), Max, Micky Munson, Neil Sutherland, Tony Lewis.

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Andy Meek, Tony Lewis, Andy Pilcher (Pilch), Jay and ??

 

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Andy Stageman.

 

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Andy Stageman and Dizzy Di Brabham.

  

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L-R:

Carol, Micky Munson, Alan Bacon.

 

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Carol Perrett, Alan Perrett (Seagull), Micky Munson, Andy Stageman, Alan Bacon, Dave Traynor.

 

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Carol Perrett, Andy Stageman, Micky Munson, Alan Bacon, Dave Traynor.

 

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Chalkie.

 

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Chalkie.

 

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Jay (BRS) flew in from Australia.

 

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Jay & Carol (Mrs Seagull).

 

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L-R:

Max, ?? (Photog), Andy Meek.

 

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Micky Munson and Andy Stageman.

 

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Mr & Mrs Seagull.

 

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??, Pilch, Jay, Tony.

 

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Tony Lewis, Andy Pilcher (Pilch), Jay, Andy Meek.

 

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L-R:

Neil Sutherland, John Duplock (Chief Printer 1974), Dianne Brabham.

 

It was John the Printer's 70th Birthday, the day of the Reunion.

 

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Back at the Hotel, obviously late as the bar is CLOSED!

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Dave Traynor, Alan Bacon, Micky Munson, Andy Stageman, Dianne Brabham, ?? (Photog or shops). 

 

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The Group!

David Cole adds that other than people already named previously the following people attended the event but he can't be sure they're all in this photo;

Steve Mathews and Amy Faucitt, Jill Barrows and Darren Thatcher, Margaret and Michael Hill, Glenda and Terrence Mantell, Brian and Linda Richardson (Soper), Peter and Judith Eastick, Alexander Wyness and Susan Morgan, Barry, Tracy and Rebecca Brewer, Keith and Wendy Burkhill, Ashley and Lynette Herbert, Clive Foster Reed, Carl, Joanne, Albert and Caitlin Mitchell, Hywell and Sharon Griffiths, Robert Taylor, Malcolm and Karen Sheldon, Michael Rudder and Dominic Brown, John O'Beirne, Christopher Ashcroft and Stephen Palmer, Mary Lawrence and Dorothy Heath, Brian Ralfe, Cora Corley, David Cole, Dianne Brabham and Dave Traynor.

 

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Sea Princess Reunion, Europe

Date:    

2008

Venue:  

Europe Trip

Attendees:

Clive Glover (GG), John Taylor (Legs) and Steve Hodge.

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John Taylor, Steve Hodge and Clive Glover.

 

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Steve writes;

John Taylor (Legs), Clive Glover (GG) and I got together for a bit of a jolly through Europe when Clive was visiting from NZ recently. It was our intention to do it all by train but the fire in the Channel Tunnel scuppered the first part of the plan. We did manage to train it from Paris to Venice then onto Florence. The rest of the trip (Siena and Rome) was by car. The overnight sleeper from Paris to Venice was a hoot - the compartment was so small that we had to climb into our pits in relay fashion. Have attached some snaps of the trip. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve H and Mr G on the Fullers Griffin Brewery tour, Chiswick (London Pride in hand of course).
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant stuff but what I want to know is how did you all manage to get away on a trip like that without any women in tow?


John Taylor and Steve Hodge.

 

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Canberra Reunion on mv Oriana, at sea.

Date:    

18th April 2009

Venue:  

mv Oriana

Attendees:

Alan Bacon, Alan Legg, Dave Traynor, Micky Munson and many more yet to be named.

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Dave writes;

I've just spent a great weekend onboard Oriana which was also the venue for this year's Canberra Reunion. About 50 ex Canberra Seadogs attended from a Bell Boy from the Maiden Voyage up to the last cruise. The above photo was taken at the Cocktail Party.
 

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And this with my old mates as we boarded.
L-R:

Micky Munson, Dave Traynor, Alan Legg & Alan Bacon.

 

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Oriana Reunion, Sydney

Date:    

23rd April 2009

Venue:  

Various locations in Sydney

Attendees:

Dave Betts and Greg Sinclair

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Greg writes;

Helen and I had a great day showing Dave & Vicki around our area. We had very nice lunch at Jonah’s at Palm Beach then onto the Royal Motor Yacht Club on Pittwater. Next day, 24 April, I went into the city and met up with Dave again. We had a lunch at Phillips Foote at the Rocks, then on to the Mercantile for a few cool drinks.

 

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We had a nice time reliving old memories. It was great seeing him again after almost 38 Years. He is still the same guy with the same sense of humour and ways.


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Dave and Greg.

 

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Dave writes;

After much delay over the last 2 years I finally managed to get down to Sydney and meet up with my old drinking partner Greg Sinclair - after 38 years! It was also wonderful to meet his lovely wife Helen. I have been in Singapore for the last 2 months, working on the Shipyard Overhaul of my present ship - the Orion Voyager. My wife Vicki and I took the opportunity to get down to Oz and meet with Greg before driving up the North Coast to Brisbane. I was suitably envious of Greg and Helen's home location on the Northern Shores - an area I had not been to before. We had a couple of great days reliving our time together on the original Oriana in 1970. Even if the spectacles' lens were a little rose coloured at times, nothing can degrade the really good times we had together back then. Greg is still the same great guy and we all had a great lunch at Jonah's (lucky to get a seat!) an afternoon of great beer and company at the Yacht Club and the following day lunch at Phillip's Foote in Sydney - great steak and more good beer at the Mercantile. I guess you can see from the attached photos that we have put on a bit, but I think we are in quite good shape really! I will not lose touch with Greg again now and will certainly be down to see him again. 

 

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Greg writes;

This is taken at Jonah’s, with Dave and Vicki on the window side and my gorgeous wife Helen opposite me.

 

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Iberia Reunion, Benfleet

Date:    

19th July 2009

Venue:  

The home of Colin Thickbroom, Benfleet

Attendees:

Colin Thickbroom, Peter Thickbroom, Michael Cavanagh and John Duplock.

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Colin Thickbroom, John Duplock, Michael Cavanagh and Peter Thickbroom.

 

Inky writes;

Four ex crew members, all of whom were on Iberia's final voyage in 1972, met for a highly successful mini reunion in Benfleet on 19th July, 2009. Those present were Colin Thickbroom (Butcher) and his wife Nina - Peter Thickbroom (Cabin Steward) - Michael Cavanagh (Bellboy) and his wife Marilyn - John Duplock (Printer). The gathering was held at the home of Colin Thickbroom, where his wife Nina provided a superb roast beef lunch, and Michael Cavanagh, now a Baker, created a melt-in-the-mouth fresh fruit sponge, all of which was greatly appreciated. The day was spent reminiscing with the aid of videos and photos, plus liquid refreshments. It was unanimously agreed that it would be great to attempt a reunion on a larger scale at a later date, with as many ex Iberians present as possible, plus any other ship's crew members wishing to attend. Anybody who would like to support such an event are invited to contact John the Printer - deejon10@hotmail.co.uk - with suggestions, such as date, venue (Southampton?) etc. (There are several hotels situated in the same area adjacent to coach and rail stations in Southampton). A person willing to do the actual organising would be particularly welcome. 

 

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P&O Reunion, Rossett, Clwyd 

Date:    

24th August 2009

Venue:  

The Golden Lion Pub, Rossett, Clwyd 

Attendees:

Celia Cowan (now Chester), Dave Whitehand, Peter Chester and Dave's wife

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Courtesy of Celia Chester

Celia writes;

I have attached some photos of us with Dave Whitehand and his wife, taken on Monday 24 August at the Golden Lion Pub, Rossett, Clwyd (our old local). We all met up (also Dave's sister and her husband that I used to know when we lived up there) and we had a very merry time the six of us.

 

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An Oriana reunion. Dave and Celia.

 

Please tell me you dye that great mo Dave, mine's as white as Santa's.

 

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Oronsay Reunion Fraser Valley B.C. 2009

Date:    

September 2009

Venue:  

Ian Cooke's farm in the Fraser Valley of B.C.

Attendees:

Alan Dalkin, Don Askew, George Clish, Ian Cooke, Keith Hunt, Peggy Askew (Gillies)

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Here's the picture of the '60's Oronsay crowd now in their 60's. Our annual reunion BBQ at Ian Cooke's farm in the Fraser Valley. 

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Ian Cooke, Alan Dalkin, George Clish, Keith Hunt, Don Askew & Peggy Askew.

 

What happened to 2008? 

 

Keep it up lads!

  

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Canberra Reunion London 2009

Date:    

September 2009

Venue:  

London

Attendees:

David Baumann, Liz Bligh, Liz Gothard, Marian Rodenburg, Maureen Price, Patrick Sutcliffe, Peter Webb, Tony Adams.

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This group meets every couple of years or so and they all served on the Bureau staff of Canberra in the mid 60's.

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Maureen Price, Tony Adams, Peter Webb, Marian Rodenburg, David Baumann, Patrick Sutcliffe, Liz Bligh and Liz Gothard.

  

Patrick adds;

We would love to hear from anyone else of that era who would like to join us at our next reunion in September this year (2011) in London.

  

Patrick can be contacted here if you would like more details. 

   

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Oriana Reunion Woolston

Date:    

23rd September 2009

Venue:  

Queen Victoria pub in Woolston

Attendees:

Bob Chambers, Glyn Dodson and Jim Powell.

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Glyn Dodson and Bob Chambers meet up fairly regularly these days but this is the first time they were joined by Jim Powell who's another one of those amazing people who've stayed the distance at sea achieving all.

Glyn writes;

It was lovely to see Jim and whilst like the rest of us (except Bob) he's changed and matured once we got talking it was the JJ of old that came through. He's had such a varied career at sea sailing on a number of ships, not all P&O flagged. 

 

Brilliant stuff, it's a times like this that I really regret not living in the UK but that moment of madness soon passes :-)

 

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Canberra (accidental) Reunion

Date:    

October 2009

Venue:  

South Africa Safari Tour

Attendees:

Bert McAughtrie, Debbie Buxton (now McAughtrie) and Mark Barnett.

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Bert McAughtrie, Debbie Buxton (now McAughtrie) and Mark Barnett.

 

Mark explains;

I just got back from a holiday in South Africa and whilst at a game reserve found I was on the same truck and staying at the same hotel as Bert and Debbie McAughtrie, it's a very small world isn't it! I briefly worked with Bert on Canberra's Falklands refit though we were working on different things. He was J2 at the time. It was my first appointment as a Junior Engineer and if I recall correctly I was a gopher for the Superintendent Engineer who was ensuring as many jobs as possible were approved for payment by the MoD rather than P&O due to squaddy wear and tear and a lot of valve packing! I do recall an act of bravery by DH Smith Commodore CEO at the time when the boilers were flashed and the main stops were passing, the turbine started to turn under pressure but the turning gear was still in, somehow he got it out while several of us wibbled and hid behind the starboard alternator.

 

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Barney continues;

Here's a picture of Bert with his swimming goggles on, it rained a lot on their first day but it was a little kinder for us. We had a laugh a minute but the jokes are dreadful! It just goes to show the camaraderie that exists in our fraternity of P&O seafarers. We had many old mates in common and we will be sure to hook up again.

 

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Oriana and Uganda Reunion

Date:    

October 2009

Venue:  

The home of Graham Bond in Limassol, Cyprus. 

Attendees:

Graham Bond and Mark Steele.

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Graham writes;

Mark Steele paid a surprise visit to my home in Cyprus in October. He was in Agia Napa with his wife for week clubbing it with all the 20 year olds and decided to pop across to Limassol for a rest.

 

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Mark and I sailed together on the Oriana and Uganda and have remained great friends ever since.

 

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Canberra Reunion

Date:    

August 2009

Venue:  

Connecticut, USA

Attendees:

Malcolm Turner and Jess Muir

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Malcolm writes;

Back in August I was in the USA on business and managed to fit in a reunion with John "JESS" Muir & his family in Connecticut during the weekend before. It was 21 years since we last had a beer together on the Canberra. It was the local Lobsterfest where Jess was playing in the local band (bass & not keyboards from where he got his nickname!!) and a great time was had by all especially as it was my birthday too. As you can see from the photo even the car hire company gave me a present with the Mustang (unfortunately not the V8 model though!!). He really hasn't changed a bit apart from having lost a bit of his Scottish accent - a bit spooky when I first saw him as it really didn't seem like 21 years. He has a great family & they provided a memorable birthday weekend - TVM!!

 

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P&O Reunion

Date:    

23rd August 2009

Venue:  

Pulborough

Attendees:

Alison Harris, David Jewkes, Ian Walters, Jayne Simpson, Tony Simpson, Tracey Coombes, Vivian Walters and Zak Coombes.

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Somehow this reunion went missing from this page but I still had the photo and the names of the attendees from the menu so I've managed to resurect it but if someone would kindly name the people from left to right I'd appreciate it.

 

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Oriana Reunion

Date:    

3rd December 2009

Venue:  

mv Arcadia

Attendees:

Marty Elliot and Bill Wilson

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Bill writes;

I went back on another cruise on Arcadia at the end of November and Marty was the Chief Engineer. It was over 34 years since we last met and we had a great time.

 

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Oriana Reunion, Gosport

Date:    

14th December 2009

Venue:  

Gosport near Portsmouth

Attendees:

Bob Chambers, Jim Powell and Roy Arnold

Courtesy of Roy Arnold

Bob writes;

Last night I was out having beers with Roy Arnold and Jungle Jim Powell, and what a night we had. It went on into the wee small hours (3am) and we still hadn't exhausted our seemingly endless supply of jokes and stories - all based on actual events and with real people during our time on the big "O" and other ships. I do see Jungle Jim quite regular as he only lives 10 miles from me near Southampton, but last night was the first time that I had seen 'Arnie' in 34 years, and right from the very moment of meeting Roy in the car park we hugged and talked like the 34 years had done nothing at all to dampen or cool our friendship that was fostered aboard the beloved "Oriana"...... What is it about ships that makes men, and women, behave this way!!! It was a 'loaded question' Steve as obviously, both you and I know the answer to that one!!

 

Courtesy of Roy Arnold 

Arnie writes;

Attached are a couple of pictures of a reunion with Bob Chambers, Jungle Jim Powell and me. Sorry about the quality, I only had my mobile phone with me. We met in Gosport near Portsmouth and had a great laugh reminiscing about the past, it's been about 32 years since I last saw Bob. He has now got his own Oriana moored in Gosport Marina, a 'kin great motor cruiser. I spent a lavish night aboard her after sinking too many beers. I will definitely be keeping in touch with Bob as we are still on the same 'wavelength' after all this time, he's still a cracking lad and a nice bloke.

 

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Courtesy of Charles Oxley

Just a reminder of the two of them in the 70's. Bob Chambers and Roy Arnold.

  

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