14th June 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War. Services were held up and down the country and many photographs taken.
Copied below is the facebook text from one such event and one photograph. You might recognise the guy wearing the FAA Tie and looking suitably immaculate. Well done Mr Williams.
"Today, marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War. This was commemorated at the War Memorial on Shalder Hill Bude. Wreaths were laid by representatives of all the forces involved and Bude & Stratton Town Council. The playing of the Last Post and Reveille by Bude Town Band stalwart David Inch.
There were seven veterans of the conflict on parade, from the Royal Navy - Parachute Regiment - Royal Air Force & Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The parade included ex-service personnel of all branches of the armed forces and We were pleased that Tom Stubbs a serving Royal Marine was able to be present. It was gratifying that Budehaven school were represented by Royal British Legion House and their teachers, all were a credit to the school. As part of living history the pupils were introduced to Alan Litchfield, a 97 year old former Royal Marine and D Day veteran. Bude Platoon ACF & the RNLI were present & supported the event, along with a number of our Loyal Supporters.
Photographs were taken by John Bosworth, a legion member
Thank you all for your support."
Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton cancel Air Day
It is with regret we can confirm, for commercial reasons, that The Royal Navy International Air Day will not take place in 2022. It is hoped the Air Day will be back on as usual in 2023.
Navy Wings Flying Schedule 2022
HMS Fearless 40th Anniversary of the Falklands Campaign book
The Fleet Air Arm in the Falklands War
With, ‘Asian Diver Magazine’ about to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in June of this year, ‘Counterstrike & Other Musings’ is a timely release of the stories - peopled with largely fictitious characters – that appeared in that magazine throughout the 1990’s as the whimsically titled, ‘CounterStrike’ editorial column.
Offering an irreverent take on sometimes-serious diving issues – ranging from training and practical diving techniques, through to marine conservation, equipment and safety – it is a collection of light-hearted commentaries mixed with a touch of satire; in short, it’s an easy and humorous read that can be enjoyed by everyone … regardless of whether or not they dive.
Attractively priced, the 240-page, ‘Counterstrike & Other Musings’, is available as either a downloadable Kindle version, or as a soft-cover book, via Amazon at:
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18th to 25th September 2021
A Mini Reunion was held at Culdrose Manor, highlights included a cream tea and BBQ for guests. Old and new haunts were visited by all those who stayed in the Manor house as well as nearby accomodation.
A few images from our week at Culdrose Manor with many more to see on the Midland Metocs Facebook page
Midland Metocs Mini Reunion
16th June 2021 The Staunton Arms in the Vale of Belvoir was host to the Midland Metocs, we previously entertained the Metoc Retreads at this venue (complete with London Bus) a few years back. Another great meet kindly organised by Ash Price. Wherever next?
Our next mini reunion will be held at Culdrose Manor between 18th and 25th September 2021 where we hope to meet many of the branch who settled south of the Tamar, indeed anyone south of the Midlands.
Westminster Embankment 2020
Lee on Solent 2020
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Discounted Tube Travel
If you live in London or are an infrequent visitor like me then you probably have an Oyster Card. My spies tell me that you can get a third off, offpeak fares if you also have a forces (coming to a pensioner near you) or Senior Railcard. You have to apply at a ticket office as this cannot be done online. Presume the new Veterans Railcard will be included in the scheme
Having tested the water on this one by asking at a ticket office the routine is
- Find a ticket office thats open (degree of difficulty - high)
- Explain that you do not live in London etc. (degree of difficulty - less than 1 above)
- Find that you need to open an account. (degree of difficulty - cannot do at ticket office)
- Back home, I now have an account, next trip to London, see how we go. (degree of difficulty - takes time)
- Summary This is not straightforward and well hidden. You almost feel they dont want you to succeed. TFL Staff were polite and patient throughout so no reflection on them.
Take Off in Portsmouth Harbour
Midland Metocs Mini Reunion
Meeting at Grange Farm Pub, Oadby, Leicester on 23rd Nov.2019, organised by Ash Price.
Radio sonde 2017 style
Here we have a video of a container ship, a big brutish, frankly ugly container ship. She is westbound from Liverpool to Halifax NS and enroute launches radiosondes. Have a look at the video from 4:09 onwards to see how they receive weather information and generate their own. How easy it is now!
David Strike Diving in Australia
Those who know me will know that I dabble a little in Model Railways.
Whilst looking for suitable vehicles I came across this model of a Bedford Tilley and so memories of transport to and from the Tower
and other such journeys sprang to mind. Would anyone like a model section on the Website?
Latest finds are two Pussers Landrovers, a long wheelbase Station Wagon and a Short Wheelbase varient that were often found on the carriers.
Military ID Cards Now Available To Veterans
Some veterans will automatically be given one of the new cards, with all former personnel being able to apply for one by the end of 2019, thus said the MOD back in 2018.
Slow forward to 2021, it now appears that all persons leaving the service have been issued with a veterans ID card as part of their leaving routine. The rest of us are still in nowhere land
Forces Discount Card
Your discount card to flash wherever you go. Only £4.99 for five years so why not apply today for all year round discount opportunity?
I always forget mine but the occasional assistant has noticed it in my wallet, thus it has paid for itself a few times over.