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Message Number: 2415 - Monday, August 13, 2018 14:14:32 EST
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Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
E - mail:  barryradford2003@yahoo.co.uk
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Hi to All

purchased Reunion tickets today. Cost £20.00 per person

See you all there

Regards to all

Barry

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Message Number: 2414 - Friday, August 10, 2018 11:20:34 EST
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Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
E - mail:  michaelhuttonxrm@btinternet.com
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Sadly I was not able to attend Chris Sheppard's funeral last week. Were any of our members there? I did send a message via the Hotel in Paignton where the after service get together was gathering. If so perhaps you would get in touch with me and let me know of attendance etc; Many thanks. Mick.

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Message Number: 2413 - Thursday, August 2, 2018 15:25:22 EST
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Name:  Roy Hallin
Service Number:  RMB4079
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Bassoon
E - mail:  GrandadRoy66@gmail.com
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Hi Dickie

Just to inform you, that our friend and colleague, "Geordie" Hill, (French horn) ex FOSNI BAND, passed away on Tuesday 31 July 2018.

No funeral details as yet, but will post ASAP

ROY

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Message Number: 2412 - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 04:49:38 EST
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Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
E - mail:  mikhik1@gmailcom
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Greetings one and all.

.........and Dan, long time no see, sounds as if your birthday was a great success I have to agree with you. Tony O and I had a similar session at a funeral in Deal earlier this year and he is great fun. I am looking forward to another session in October at the Reunion which this just happens to fall on my birthday say it quietly (77) its only a nunber. It will be a fun weekend as it always is no doubt there will be many others to share with how about you ???? I know Richard will be there this year looking forward to seeing him again he was sorely missed last year.

Happy belated birthday Dan good to know you are still in touch.

Maybe our paths will cross again one day.

Regards to you and yours.

Mik H

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Message Number: 2411 - Monday, July 23, 2018 07:30:04 EST
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Name:  Dan Archer
Service Number:  PO22378C
Hometown:  Pytchley
Instrument/s:  Bugler/Drum Major
E - mail:  archer378@yahoo.co.uk
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Dear Dickie.. Wonderful to talk to you via Tony Oliver from the village pub yesterday. Dear Tony has been a good friend and shipmate for 55 years and it was a great pleasure for me to have him at my 70th Birthday party this past weekend. He did not stay with me but at my daughters as she is more practised at dealing with double incontinence in older people. 😁

We held the party in the orchard in the pub garden and it was a glorious English summer's afternoon with copious amounts of ale and cider being drunk... mostly by dear dear Tony 😁. Tony made a wonderful speech and presented me with a bag full of presents that had been turned down by a big issue seller. I digress I am now in possession of a cracked mug with 70 on it. A book on how to learn the Bugle in 5 minutes and a pair of black lace knicks with quite a small posing pouch. Obviously he had forgotten I was a Bugler 😁. What a wonderfully thoughtful mate he is.

Later in the evening I was coerced into a Bugle 'Sound Off' with an old friend who I had joined up with as a Junior Bugler in 1963. After a couple of miss-starts, we both managed to crack out several bugle calls each of a commendable standard..much to dear old Tony's delight. I think he was so delighted he scuppered more of the lager that I had to buy him to get him to attend. We decided to stop blowing when we realised that it was after midnight and the village had 'fallen in' on the edge of the village green.

Sunday was a recovery day with dear dear dear Tony dragging me to the pub again to buy him enough lager to get him home. He was being driven by St Alison of Upper Deal, the patron Saint of fallen Trombone holders..Tony is her only case as he is such a handful. Tony spoke lovingly of the wonderful time you and he have spent together Dickie and Tony like myself is a great supporter of this forum. Best wishes Dickie. Dan.

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Message Number: 2410 - Friday, July 20, 2018 10:45:33 EST
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Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMBX3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
E - mail:  ehadmiral@gmail.com
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Sad to receive the news this morning while I was viewing my emails from my hospital bed, that, Derek Ernst passed away last night. My condolences to his wife and family. A loss to the Australian Reunion members too.

I anticipate that Eric Hayward will relay more details to this Guest Book?

[Webmaster] On behalf of all I wish you a speedy recovery from what causes you to be in hospital. Eric sent the missive to a list of contacts I would say are connected with the Australasia reunion.

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Message Number: 2409 - Thursday, July 19, 2018 02:03:30 EST
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Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
E - mail:  miketellick@hotmail.co.uk
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On Tuesday I attended the funeral of Derek Holder at Barham crematorium. A number of former colleagues were also there. Jock Brown, Dave Mutter, Pip Fairchild, George Simpson, Bob Gill and Mick Goss.

The service went well with some lusty singing of the hymns. We listened to the 2nd movement of Mozart Clarinet concerto, a nice tribute to Derek.

As my car was "unwell" I was driven there by a friend and he was highly amused at the dits being spun at the lamp swinging afterwards in the Jackdaw pub in Denton village.

On another note, 🎼. The Central Band RBL will be in the Gulbenkian Theatre, Kent university on September 1st. at 1900. It would be great to see old colleagues there.

Mike

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Message Number: 2408 - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 15:10:26 EST
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Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
E - mail:  michaelhuttonxrm@btinternet.com
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Thanks Adrian for your thoughts on Chris. I would like to add that many of us from that time feel much the same about one of our finest musicians during that period.

I would also like to add Derek Holder to that list as he also spent many years in the Staff Band though the 60s and equally a star on the Clarinet and later was of course the leader of 'The All Stars' clarinet section. I also had a telephone call from my old mate Denis Ovenden a couple of hours ago and he would like me to add his condolences to both families. RIP Chris and Derek. farewell to two more great RMB Musicians.....Mick.

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Message Number: 2407 - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 09:35:19 EST
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Name:  Jem Tugwood
Service Number:  RMB 3701
Hometown:  Worthing
Instrument/s:  Alto sax/ clart/ vln
E - mail:  jemtugwood@sky.com
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Dear Dickie, for information of anyone considering attending the RMB Reunion this year.

I spoke to the lady in the office in Portsmouth who informs me they are waiting to have a Blue Band meeting re the reunion to agree on the cost of this year’s tickets as last years ran at a loss, so it looks likely the cost may go back up to £20:00.

She is going to give me a call in due course which, I hope, won’t be too long.

As usual no tickets issued but attendees will be registered at the main gate for checking in on the night,

Regards

Jem

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Message Number: 2406 - Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:43:24 EST
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Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  London/Folkestone
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
E - mail:  adrianjohnbrett@gmail.com
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I am sorry to hear of the passing of Chris Sheppard. Throughout my time in Staff Band we had some formidable front desk string partners, George Simpson and Chris Sheppard on 1st vlns and Len Bramidge and Fanny Waters on viola (both to attain recognition in the outside music world respectively in Halle and BBC orchestras) and Ron Kempton and Mick Hutton on celli. All were well able to cope with the demanding repertoire thrust upon us, particularly during "D of Ms" ( or whatever it was called) exams. I first played the Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" in Canada Rd Concert Hall...and Saint-Saens "Rouet d'Omphale"...the latter so seldom heard now. The foresight of FVD in including these pieces, both as a challenge to the orchestra and the conductor, and his inviting of eminent teachers of conducting such as Maurice Miles and Clarence Raybould made this period in the Staff Band both memorable and instructional, for me at least, and prepared me for the challenges of the civilian musical world.

I recall Chris as an ever-smiling B/Cpl, always fun and always supportive and someone who clearly enjoyed music and the companionship of those with whom he played. RIP.

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