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Message Number: 2997 - Thu, Aug 4, 2022 11:39:35
[IP = 31.54.77.61] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Beedon, Newbury
Instrument/s:  Resting
Comments:

I have been asked to write about our dear friend Terry Freestone by the Blue Band. If any of you have snipits of info you would like me to include, please email me at the above address. Many thanks. Michael.

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Message Number: 2996 - Tue, Jul 5, 2022 07:03:49
[IP = 82.30.224.5] -
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  London/Folkestone
Instrument/s:  Flute/Piano
Comments:

I am extremely sorry to hear of the passing of dear old Lew Cooper. What a lovely fellow with a memorable and unique Yorkshire wit..and accent. The musicians of the RMBS today are, in my opinion, although great players of their instruments to a far higher standard than obtained in the past, do not have the legacy of the characters like Lew, who had served on ships and shore establishments for years. When I was newly rated at 17 yrs 5 months in 1962 I was sent to HMS Drake in Devonport. There I met Lew Cooper and Homer Jones…two and three badge musicians. They were warm and welcoming to we newbies..myself and Mike Griffiths. How we loved them. They never played the ‘old soldier act’…Far from it. They shared astonishing tales of their service… many unrepeatable!! The acceptance that I felt from these older musicians was very reassuring to me as a young but very keen newly rated musician.


One day Doug Haigh, the DOM, called me into his office to enquire if I knew the piano part of “The Bassoon Song”. He gave me the score and I confirmed it was no problem for me as it was not beyond my limited piano technique!


Lew and I rehearsed together with a lot of fun and laughs. I re-wrote the bassoon cadenza to include, on his request, a long and loud low Bb. I had no idea why until the performance on “Ladies’ Night” at Mount Vernon (??). the residence of C in C. As the cadenza reached its conclusion and the low Bb was reached..a fully inflated condom appeared at the top of Lew’s bassoon…to the applause from RN officers and a few blushes from the ladies. Smiles all round…and a few drinks for me and Lew! A lovely memory of an infinitely more lovely man. Thank you Lew. RIP.

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Message Number: 2995 - Mon, Jul 4, 2022 04:47:10
[IP = 94.8.248.147] -
Name:  Roy Hallin
Service Number:  RMB4079
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Bassoon
Comments:

Hi Dickie

Just heard of the sad news that Lew Cooper has just crossed the bar.

Never served with him, but his reputation preceded him.

RIP Lew Job done Stand Easy

Roy

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Message Number: 2994 - Thu, Jun 23, 2022 09:07:11
[IP = 109.152.35.152] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Beedon, Newbury
Instrument/s:  resting
Comments:

It seems that not many of us have contributed to this amazing site in the last month ! I suppose we're all busy doing other things now that the covid scare is reduced. I am looking forward to the Walmer Bandstand Concert in a couple of weeks time, giving us a chance to meet up with many old friends. Not only does it remind us of the dreadful bombing that took place in the Staff Band Room, but gives us the opportunity to meet up and think back to the good times we all enjoyed during our time in the Band Service.

My thoughts will be of many friends no longer with us especially those I served with in Ships Bands or the Divi Bands as they were in my day.

My particular memories are Denis Ovenden & John Stone from HMS Glasgow days, Terry Freestone & Jim Robertson from the B/Ms Class 0f 61, plus many others I had the honor to serve with. I look forward to meeting up with many of you in Walmer on the 10th July. Be safe. Michael.

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Message Number: 2993 - Wed, Jun 1, 2022 14:33:00
[IP = 80.44.0.13] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

Were it not for my being in hospital on the 10th June, I would have certainly attended Barham, as I did for Mic Beer. So, my condolences to his family, and, rest assured I will still remember Doug as another of our Squad of 1952.

Somewhere on the web page under my name, you may see a picture of Doug and myself and my two children, the latter are now both in their Sixties! If I recall correctly, I had taken Doug with my two nippers to see the Sultan of Johores Palace, and we had just sat down to smoke a cigarette.

R.I.P. Doug, a gentleman who it was my privilege to know, and, will never forget.

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Message Number: 2992 - Tue, May 31, 2022 01:51:22
[IP = 2.28.30.72] -
Name:  Brian Short
Service Number:  Q004468Y
Hometown:  Deal
Instrument/s:  concussionist!
Comments:

In reply to a request about Dougie Powell's funeral, this was sent out yersterday on Deal RMA emails:

The family have requested that we announce the funeral of Dougie Powell.

It will be on Friday, 10th June around 1.15pm at St Mary's Church in Walmer, followed by a 2.40pm service at Barham, then a get together to raise a toast to Dad, at The Duke of Cumberland, Barham, CT4 6NY. It is our dearest wish that there are as many people as possible at both services to give Dad the send off he deserves

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Message Number: 2991 - Mon, May 30, 2022 11:12:31
[IP = 86.156.104.32] -
Name:  Gerry Taylour
Service Number:  RMBX2742
Hometown:  Nottingham
Instrument/s:  Solo Piano and Cymbals
Comments:

Where were you on Coronation Day in 1953?

I was on parade with the massed bands on Singapore's Padang.

Unfortunately for me, I have had to give up playing my trombone with the Loughborough Concert Band following a stroke in January and the subsequent operation on a neck artery, which really took 'the wind out of my sails'. Furthermore, I have also decided to give up driving, and now rely on buses to get around.

Best wishes to you all,

Gerry Taylour

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Message Number: 2990 - Sun, May 29, 2022 16:33:17
[IP = 120.148.69.4] -
Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/x3051
Hometown:  KANGAROO FLAT Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  I wish
Comments:

Hi Richard, Bad news I'm afraid.

Ray (Taff) Taylor (RMB/X3615) Crossed the Bar on the evening of 27 May Melbourne time. He had been quite unwell for some months.

He and I last served together in the band of HQ 3rd Cdo Bde in the 60s and have remained friends ever since.

I am sure that there are still those around the traps who would remember Ray and if they would wish to pass on condolence messages they can do so through me.

Be safe all,

Eric.

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Message Number: 2989 - Sun, May 29, 2022 05:41:33
[IP = 86.172.7.3] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart.
Comments:

Hi folks,

Has anyone info on the funeral arrangements for Dougie Powell?
Had a good gig in Canterbury Cathedral last night, highlight of which was the finale on Saint Saens organ symphony along with the magnificent cathedral organ.
Hope all is well with everyone.

Mike aka Twiglet

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Message Number: 2988 - Sun, May 29, 2022 05:05:59
[IP = 80.44.0.13] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
Comments:

Yesterday, I donated all of my Blue Band Magazines to a 'Music Warehouse' in the Village of Yatton.

This is a Coffee Shop and Music Warehouse which has been opened up by a Lady Opera Singer, who along with most musicians and singers, were hit badly by the Covid Regulations, so that they were unable to work, or, sing to paying audiences. Good Coffee and a Selection of Nice Cakes, and no need to be concerned by any learner instrumentalists as they are safely cocooned in a Sound Box!

I had previously donated my picture of Massed Bands on Horse Guards Parade, as they needed material and photographs to adorn the bare walls of the rooms.

I was assured that my Blue Bands would be placed in the Library on the First Floor of the building. I had no further use of my magazines as I get my Blue Band these days Online, and, my Lady Wife wanted to know why she had to keep moving them to do some dusting, so they had to go, and I think my action may just perk some interest in budding musicians to enlist in the RM Band Service in times to come? I certainly hope so.

Message for Barry. You can't have failed to notice that you are no longer on my Christmas Card List or, that I can't be bothered to download yours, ok?

Best wishes to all those still serving and to my fellow musicians of the 1950's generation, if you read this it means that you are still above ground level, so keep smiling and don't let anyone get you down?

Yours aye

Bill

[Editor] Oh dear!

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