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Message Number: 2836 - Thursday, March 4, 2021 08:54:48 EST
[IP = 5.80.144.39] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and’Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Sad to read the news of dear Fred crossing the Bar. Served with him in the '60's in and around Portsmouth. A great guy. Another sad loss to our great Band Service Family.

On a brighter side Happy Birthday to my great friend and mate. Merv ( the swerve Bilco ) Durrant. 79 today.

Just had a chat with him. He is as ever , ok🤗. He has had a Cornish pasty and Cornish Cream tea - scone and cream delivered by mail 😱. Well done to his Son Ian 👏👏

Regards to all.

Take care

Barry

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Message Number: 2835 - Wednesday, March 3, 2021 16:54:04 EST
[IP = 84.67.38.64] -
Name:  Michael G Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

Have just received information from Andy Wood that our dear friend Fred Pacy has left us for that other Great Band. Fred was a member of the RMA Concert Band since it started way back plus of course a member of our great Band Service. He has now joined his beloved Margaret. Keep safe all of you. Michael....

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Message Number: 2834 - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 16:39:38 EST
[IP = 86.170.124.238] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

I have read the postings from Paul and Adrian with interest. As I have previously stated, I am not a user of facebook and prefer to support the site and work of Richard, who has put in many hours over the years to keep us up to date as to what is going on in the RMBS world.

I understand both points of view, we are, after all, entitled to our opinions, but would like to emphasise again that I think, along with Adrian and others that this is the place for our memories.

Now, on that note, I think a line be drawn under this discussion before it gets to a point where we lose friends of many years standing. We are, after all, all members of the very best band service on the planet, bar none!!!
Keep smiling chaps,

Mike

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Message Number: 2833 - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:07:27 EST
[IP = 62.64.216.213] -
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  Folkestone
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
Comments:

Heaven forfend that I should be considered the arbiter of an intercine conflict among former members of the RMBS and the various merits of websites, and other media, that merely wish to collate the memories of those that have served. I am pleased that posts on FB do not disappear forever and that they are religiously and regimentally (sic) placed into their respective categories in a freely and easily researched manner and resource on FB. Is this really true? This does not seem to me to be the case as, though the photos etc may reside somewhere on the various RMBS groups they, and the associated remarks etc, are not as easily accessed as they are here, on a website that has existed before FB was even thought of as an idea. Anyone who has access to FB is continually bombarded with adverts etc for commercial sales items and invited to groups that one has no interest in at all and to recognise ‘friends’ who one has no knowledge of and would never wish to pass the time of day with. How does this happen? Quite simply. The algorithm that FB and Google use retains all of your personal information…everything. Who your friends are, what they and you research, theirs and your political views and in some cases your medical history and what medications you may be taking. This I find scary and I am not a ‘conspiracy theorist’ as these facts are in the public domain. Beware as George Orwell predicted in “1984”..Big Brother is watching you!! Long may this website and other media platforms survive together in maintaining our history and I pose the following suggestion in a spirit of co-operation and mutual progress. Why not have a reciprocal agreement that all archival material such as photos in posts here and on FB are shared so at least the photos etc remain on what, for me at least, is a more accessible platform, devoid of commercial interests, and which does not invade my privacy and that of my friends, and which has been administered with a passionate commitment by Richard Valentine for more than 25 years out of the simple fact that, like me, he is proud to have served in the RMBS.

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Message Number: 2832 - Monday, March 1, 2021 07:28:52 EST
[IP = 213.205.192.87] -
Name:  Paul Foley
Service Number:  P036943D
Hometown:  Bolton
Instrument/s:  Bugler
Comments:

I am as Richard knows a supporter of this website and so do a few others ranks that have Facebook accounts. The difference being the website is a singular entity with one webmaster whereas anyone can upload a photo on a Facebook page.. with admins responsible for discretion. Personally I am only associated with the BRNC, FOF3 and ‘Friends of the Royal Marines Band Service’, which I helped to create and has around 1120 members. Adrian referred to pictures and dits fading away in time.. actually the photos are stored in albums (an album for each band) and topics can be found in exactly the same same way as the search engine on this website.. they are not faded away nor do they disappear. I enjoy looking at the photos and dits on this page.. technology moves on though.

It is happening now with the present RMBS slowly leaving FB behind and moving into the likes of YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.. plus who knows what will be launched in the coming years.. It is my view that we embrace the technology given to us.. are we to assume that we should only watch the Mountbatten Festival of Music by buying a ticket for the Royal Albert Hall or do we now take advantage of Facebook and YouTube to watch it online...

I do not wish this fabulous website and Facebook to become a them and us situation.. I have passed many of my FB stories of ranks lost on to Richard for uploading onto here too.. in my eyes both are great.

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Message Number: 2831 - Saturday, February 27, 2021 10:19:11 EST
[IP = 88.144.221.233] -
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  Folkestone
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
Comments:

At a risk of being "devil's advocate" I would like to say that a number of recent postings on FB got me thinking about the whole situation of memories and anecdotes...but especially photos. I am not an avid FB fan but do worry that, as I remarked, the very transient nature of the FB format engenders the risk of permanent loss of what is essential and which constitutes an important archive. There have been some great photos posted recently on FB but they will fade away as a new subject crops up to interest people. All those photos should be posted here where they would be treasured and archived properly by our illustrious editor and be available to all. I suspect that many FB posters feel OK writing a few lines and the odd joke etc but would not want to write anything that would be indelibly kept for eternity!! However the photos speak for themselves and only require names, dates and venues so a degree in English is not needed!

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Message Number: 2830 - Saturday, February 27, 2021 06:18:20 EST
[IP = 5.80.144.39] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

I wholehearted agree with comments from both Adrian and my Squaddie Mike. 100%.

You continuously manage to keep us all updated on things that matter, not trivia or anything politically suggestive. I recently had a phone call telling me I ought to sign up to Face Ache. Because I was missing out🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️. Don't think so 😇😇

Regards to all.

Take care

Barry

[editor] Thanks as always Barry. Like Mike, some years ago I did same as he and it took little time to realise that (for me) it was a mistake. Not wishing to downplay FB to an extreme as there are uses for it as no doubt are the other forums that are just too numerous to mention but they are 'but not for me' to coin a phrase. A great buddy of mine and ex colleague of ours alluded to a similar comment to that of how messages appear immediately on FB but as has been mentioned elsewhere, they disappear over time and to what effect? I continue this sojourn in the belief that as long as we all are around to reflect and ponder over our great good fortune of being associated with the finest Military Band Service in the world, it will be for the good and my personal statement of thanks for having the privilege to have served and to know so many great friends that in many cases are still such to this day by God's grace.

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Message Number: 2829 - Saturday, February 27, 2021 05:10:05 EST
[IP = 86.170.124.238] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart.
Comments:

Well said Adrian, I personally ditched FB some 6 weeks after joining because of the dross being posted.
I REALLY don't want to know what people are doing every minute of every day or what they are having for dinner. As Adrian said, THIS is the site for memories, pics and other dit's.
PLEASE support the work that Dickie is continuing to do for us all.

Drip over,

Mike


[editor] Kudos Mike!

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Message Number: 2828 - Friday, February 26, 2021 15:18:38 EST
[IP = 88.144.221.233] -
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  Folkestone
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
Comments:

We should all be grateful for the tireless work of Dickie in maintaining this valuable site. Unlike the transient nature of Facebook...where posts disappear after a few days. This is where all of the dits, memories, photos etc, should be recorded. It is an archive....not some jokey, daily contact that is lost next week. I understand the immediacy of FB and the ability to post photos etc at touch of a button...but so much is being lost FOREVER.....Wake up boys. You have the legacy in your hands.

[editor] Many thanks Adrian

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Message Number: 2827 - Friday, February 26, 2021 10:37:10 EST
[IP = 90.247.221.233] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

Very surprised that no one has responded to my information about Manoel Island. There must be someone out there that served in Malta and would have been based there ? or perhaps they have all left us......keep safe Michael.

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