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13 November 2008
Five members of the 84th Entry met at the George Hotel on Thursday 13th November 2008. Tony Mooney was the first to arrive accompanied by his wife, Judith. Next came Dave Stewart who drove for three and a half hours from Tyne and Wear to be with us. Then came David Rodgers and his partner Judy from Albrighton near Wolverhampton who were soon followed by Stan Folds and Nobby Clarke who journey together from Norwich. Roy O'Connell had planned to join us but phoned on the day to say he wasn't well.
Alan Golding from Canada gave us all a most pleasant surprise by arranging with the Hotel to present us with a card treating us all to our first round of drinks. As you can imagine, we thoroughly enjoyed our surprise and raised our glasses to him. Images of the card are included below. As a token of our appreciation of Alan's kindness we all signed the card which has been posted to Alan at his home address in Canada.
We passed an hour in the bar wallowing in nostalgia and reminiscing about our three years together at Locking before moving into the dining room to have lunch together. It was a long slow lunch with none of us noticing how the time was going by. Judith and Judy both enjoyed the occasion and didn't feel at all left out with all the boyish RAF chatter. They were pleased to have joined us and are both looking forward to the big reunion in July next year.
We talked of all things 84th and had such a buzz. We also talked of Angus Burton, Dick Cheeseman and Smudge Smith who are no longer with us and passed a minute in silence in remembrance of them.
Dave left at about 2 p.m. to have some of his long return journey in daylight and the rest of us parted somewhere near four o'clock. It was a wonderful time together and we all agreed we wouldn't have missed it for the world.
See photos below.