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Message Number: 2987 - Fri, May 20, 2022 04:14:52
[IP = 86.145.87.50] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Beedon, Newbury
Comments:

Sad news again at the loss of another two members of the Band Service, and Barry has written what Im sure most of us feel at this time. Thanks Barry for your very wise words. stay safe all of you. Michael.

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Message Number: 2986 - Thu, May 19, 2022 09:48:42
[IP = 5.80.148.11] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Sad news re both Ken and Dougie crossing the bar these past couple of days. Both great ex colleagues. RIP Ken and Dougie. Condolences to both of their families.

If I may, a reply to Bill. All of us remember in different ways, both publicly and privately. Which way we individually choose, surely is fine ? I have received texts these past days from people remembering and recalling incidents regarding both of great men. One thing is most certain. That whenever a member of our great "BandService" crosses the bar. We will always in our own way.........Remember them 🙏🙏

Regards to all

Barry.

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Message Number: 2985 - Thu, May 19, 2022 09:38:36
[IP = 80.44.0.13] -
Name:  Ernest Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X 3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

It is with a sad heart that I note tthat another of our Group who got together in 1952 has now crossed the bar.


Goodbye Dougie Powell, who last seen by my wife and I was at the Winter Gardens in Margate, where he was the Music Librarian for the All Stars Band.

Begs the question, How many of our Group are still living?

RIP Dougie, and, my respects to his family and friends.

Bill.

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Message Number: 2984 - Wed, May 18, 2022 05:41:00
[IP = 80.44.0.13] -
Name:  Ernest Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X 3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

I am shocked to see no mention of any kind of the passing of Ken (Jan) Keast, who my wife and I last saw at the funeral of B/Cpl Gordon (Nobby) Clarke in Stoke Fleming, circa October 2018. Jan had many arrows to his bow if one gets my meaning, and was often referred to as 'General' by those who knew him.

So, thanks to my wife who keeps all of the Service Notices, I think Eddie Pescudd and a few others of our era were present, as well as I suggest, those who had served in Dartmouth Band over the years.

As I recall, Jan didn't look too good at that time, so, one should not be surprised that he would not have lived much longer, but being a stalwart that he was, he must have surprised us all?

R.I.P Jan.

See you in the Counter March?

Bill

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Message Number: 2983 - Wed, May 11, 2022 14:19:32
[IP = 86.22.95.84] -
Name:  Peter Law
Service Number:  RM25009a (old school). :)
Hometown:  Mighty Wolves
Instrument/s:  Sticky Blue and drum kit(not all at the same time)
Comments:

Just to say that a new series has started called "Commando"on BBC1.

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Message Number: 2982 - Tue, May 10, 2022 09:45:01
[IP = 90.252.189.25] -
Name:  Steve Swann
Service Number:  QOO4215B
Hometown:  Blandford Forum
Comments:

Hello all,

My daughter took me to the concert where I was glad to see Alan Ham, Richard Jones and Bryan Short. One cannot dispute the excellence of the band although as an old timer I would like more military music. The next sentence I know may well be somewhat controversial (no shock to those who know me ) but I do not believe that the singers really add anything to the performance that I enjoy. I know it demonstrates how versatile the musicians are without doubt although I would prefer a more military style. Nonetheless a wonderful evening.

Be well and stay safe everyone.

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Message Number: 2981 - Mon, May 9, 2022 02:34:29
[IP = 86.129.137.162] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Beedon, Newbury
Instrument/s:  Resting
Comments:

I was very suprised to be the only one so far to comment about the Band Concert from the Albert Hall! The whole Band Service continues to be just the finest in the UK, and probably the world. (Just watched a bit of the Russian Bands from Moscow !! what a load of @!#%& they are !!) I thought the finale by the PDM was a great tribute to all former members of the RMB and the amazing excellence of todays serving men and women. Have a good summer, see you at the reunion. Michael.

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Message Number: 2980 - Fri, Apr 8, 2022 13:42:09
[IP = 151.229.69.22] -
Name:  David Tremaine
Service Number:  RMB3928
Hometown:  Buckingham
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Very sorry to read of the passing of Bob Chown. I haven't seen Bob since Raleigh 1969 but remember him as a thouroughly nice bloke and captain of our very successful band football team at HMS Raleigh.

The time of wooden huts and divisions every day!

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Message Number: 2979 - Mon, Apr 4, 2022 06:38:48
[IP = 79.147.9.2] -
Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  BassTrombone
Comments:

Hello to one and all. I have some info to share with some I know will be pleased to know and I would to think that others may take notice also.

I have just received the info that the RM BAND SERVICE is to be held this year on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of October at Portsmouth as usual, if you haven't been for a year or two please give it some thought you never know who you may meet from your time served.

Regards to all

Mike H

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Message Number: 2978 - Wed, Mar 30, 2022 09:33:34
[IP = 5.80.145.87] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols Wirral (born Worksop Notts )
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Likewise my copy of Col. Graham's book arrived yesterday. It is an amazing read so far. And of course it is a journey we have all made. All with different destinations.

But my .....how the memories keep flooding back. (Some good and some not so good ��)

Thanks to Col Graham for a trip down memory Lane.

Regards to all

Barry

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