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Message Number: 2928 - Sat, Oct 23, 2021 06:29:32
[IP = 82.15.85.230] -
Name:  Derek Usher
Service Number:  RMB3645
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Cornet & Fiddle
Comments:

An exceptionally HAPPY BIRTHDAY today 23rd Oct, to our esteemed editor on chief and legend that is none other than our very own Mr Richard "Dickie" Valentine!!

Have a wonderful day old friend and I raise a glass of Pussers to you right now old Oppo!!

Thank you for all that you do to keep this wonderful site going for all of us "young!!??" bandsmen. It's very much appreciated and possibly more than you know!

Cheers again! - Hic!

Del Boy!

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Message Number: 2927 - Sat, Oct 23, 2021 05:26:43
[IP = 5.80.146.9] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMN 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Just spoken to Terry (Stan). He is hoping to get home Monday or Tuesday next week. He very much appreciates people thinking of him.

Happy Birthday to you on your 70th ���

Barry


[Richard] Thank you Barry and well wishes to Stan and to all who are struggling at this time. I shall raise MY glass to everyone, and I mean EVERYONE of my past times in HM RMB and those who presently provide our nation with the best band in the land. CHEERS!

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Message Number: 2926 - Fri, Oct 22, 2021 01:25:19
[IP = 88.109.8.146] -
Name:  Paul Collett
Service Number:  RMB3827
Hometown:  WIMBORNE
Instrument/s:  Basses
Comments:

Thanks Adrian for all your recent comments on a variety of topics, always very interesting reading.

Thanks also to all other contributors on their comments.

Best wishes to Richard on his Birthday on 23rd.

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Message Number: 2925 - Thu, Oct 21, 2021 07:32:38
[IP = 62.64.219.151] -
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  Folkestone/London
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
Comments:

On behalf of all ex-RMBs may I wish you Richard a very HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY on October 23rd. Your tireless efforts for a quarter of a century in maintaining this tangible, informative and important archive deserve our eternal gratitude. Other platforms serve a transient appeal and suit the needs of their contributors but this website is a lasting, and indeed expanding, record of so much that would otherwise be lost in the mists of time. It is a credit to you. Your dedication to present all the varied information in such an impressive and organised manner is simply astonishing ….to me at least! Many thanks Richard and I shall be raising a glass to you and your health on Saturday…when the sun goes down over the yardarm!!!

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Message Number: 2924 - Wed, Oct 20, 2021 14:40:02
[IP = 120.148.29.243] -
Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X3051
Hometown:  KANGAROO FLAT ,Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  If only
Comments:

Hi Richard,

It's been a while but it seems that there are not too many who do write in on this site. Michael, Adrian, seem to be regulars.

Anyway this is for those who joined 69 years ago today. Trafalgar day 1952. Now who could in all honesty forget such a momentous occasion.

There are, as far as I know, only a few of the 42 who arrived in the hallowed walls of East Barracks on that day. Bill Hartland, Charlie Laws and perhaps George Woods are those that are still hanging in there. I'd love to know that there are others.

To be told a few days later by Capt Pop Talling that I was going to make a fine Bassoon player when I had no idea what a B------- Bassoon was.. I did have it in writing though when I retired from the RAAF Central Band 40 years later. Never quite believed it though.

My very best to those of our squad who are left.

To all others past and present, be safe.

Cheers from Oz.

Eric.

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Message Number: 2923 - Wed, Oct 20, 2021 09:36:08
[IP = 86.132.117.20] -
Name:  Michael George Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  resting
Comments:

Suprise, Suprise, No one else seems to be interested in comments about the reunion. Barry and myself have had our say so I presume everyone else just chickened out. O well time marches on, see you all in the countermarch. Michael.

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Message Number: 2922 - Tue, Oct 19, 2021 10:44:12
[IP = 5.80.146.9] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Dear Richard, Sad news that Terry (Stan) Puttrell is back in hospital. Heather spoke to Jan this morning. They are trying to sort out medication and some form of treatment. Soon as we have anymore information, we will pass it on.

Terry was unable to attend this years reunion, so haven't caught up with him except by phone.

With reference this years reunion. Saturday evening . No comment ???!!!

Sunday Cathedral, To us this is what the weekend is all about. As always the complete service was amazing, a heart warming tribute and rememberance of fallen comrades. Choir and Concert Band. We're Spine Tingling 🙏🙏🙏

It was great to have a long chat to your great friend Tony Oliver 👏👏👏

Regards to all

Barry and Heather

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Message Number: 2921 - Sat, Oct 16, 2021 01:27:32
[IP = 62.64.219.151] -
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  Folkestone/London
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
Comments:

It is unlikely there will be anyone reading this message who served with Ken Essex during the war. London's finest viola player has died aged 101....!! I knew Ken well and played with him regularly. He was proud of having served in the Royal Marines Band (Hostilities Only). Having been principal viola in the LSO, RPO and other orchestras, in addition to the Hurwitz string quartet, it is a sad reflection on the status of classical music when his obituary in several newspapers (and 'The Strad') mention and highlight the fact that Ken played for the Beatles on 'Yesterday', the signature tune of 'Fawlty Towers' and the incidental music for 'Last of the Summer Wine'!!! I recall musicians in London glued to the BBC version of "The Mayor of Casterbridge", with Alan Bates, just to hear the solo viola of Ken Essex in Carl Davis' score...also in "The French Lieutenant's Woman". Ken had an acerbic wit and many a session was enlivened by a pithy off-the-cuff remark from the principal viola. Probably his finest achievment however has not been mentioned and something of which Ken was inordinately proud. He was breathalysed at the age of 93....!!!!

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Message Number: 2920 - Tue, Oct 12, 2021 04:37:58
[IP = 79.79.123.251] -
Name:  Robert Richardson
Service Number:  RMB 4279
Hometown:  Rotherham
Instrument/s:  Clar / Viola
Comments:

Bob here.....to all those I know and don't know......I wish you good health.

I'm on at the moment....joints a bit a hey...lol

Drop me an email if you want........

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Message Number: 2919 - Mon, Oct 11, 2021 08:37:17
[IP = 109.146.104.78] -
Name:  Michael George Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

I expect Jem Tugwood will do the usual article about the reunion, and maybe others too, but just a few thoughts from myself.

It was great to meet up with many of my contemporaries, best of all Bob Rawson & daughters, Bob and I joined up together way back in 49 with about forty others - we might be the the only two left !!

Saturday evening back in the CPOs mess was so much better than last year. The Band Display was terrific ( including a girl cymbal crasher who only looked about 4ft 6ins tall... just amazing ) The PDM then gave us all the info about the Army and the RMSM etc, won't bore you with all the details......Wasn't too keen on the sandwiches etc for our evening meal! Not sure my £25 was well spent.

The Memorial Service Sunday morning was excellent as we would expect. Fanfare Team & Buglers right on the ball. Not sure about no orchestra for the service (just concert band) Apparently it's all to do with the new single instrument plans coming soon ! Although I did have a chat with one of the Band Service girls on Saturday evening and she was a Cornet and Viola.... So perhaps that's all in the future.....Anyway we must support our modern colleagues as our time is long passed.....My family are taking me out this coming Sunday. Its my 88th, lunch at the Fox & Hounds Peasmore, and maybe 9 holes on the golf course afterwards. I hope I was 'The Bringer of Jollity' to you all. Take care Michael......

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