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Message Number: 2739 - Thursday, May 28, 2020 07:53:03 EST
[IP = 94.15.218.235] -
Name:  Roy Hallin
Service Number:  RMB 4079
Hometown:  Southampton
Instrument/s:  Bassoonathon
Comments:

Hi Dickie

Just a personal hello, and I hope you and yours are staying safe and are very well.

Once again, I must thank you for this wonderful website, and I hope it continues for many years to come.

Stay safe old friend

Roy

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Message Number: 2738 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 13:59:34 EST
[IP = 194.53.184.9] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

How refreshing to be able to see one of our own being publicly praised by an Admiral no less! I would wish to add my own praise to Stu Bartlett for his VE Day rendering of the Last Post, and to think he may not live not so far away from us here in Somerset, I would be honoured to buy this man a Tot any time soon.

Having done my remembrance of so many of my friends who have passed away, such as Pete Westaway and Bill Sabine, I am sure that they would appreciate the Spotify broadcast of the Best of British Brass Bands, namely Brighouse and Rastrick Band and many others in this item. I chanced upon this Selection as I was a tad bored, (who isn't at this time of lockdown?) so tuned in to my seldom used Spotify Account. I would recommend this to any Brass Player and those who are of interest in Brass Bands.

I played Trumpet prior to my joining the RM Band Service and had an Audition in Liverpool at which I must have been accepted for further training? Alas one Graham Shipway ordered me to go to the Instrument store and draw a Clarinet! How I resented that order was unimaginable, but, orders are orders and so I became a Clariettist, thanks to George Ayres, Gordon Cook and Prof. Mike Thatcher!

Have never touched a Trumpet since!

Yours aye,

Bill.

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Message Number: 2737 - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 01:40:43 EST
[IP = 86.148.160.253] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3513
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Morning all,

I have just seen the video of Stu playing the Last Post on VE Day. Wow! What a performance.

Stu, I am sure that the whole of our great Band Service family is with you in your fight with your illness, and wish you and your loved ones all the very best. Keep yer chin up shipmate.

Mike

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Message Number: 2736 - Monday, May 11, 2020 08:48:18 EST
[IP = 86.133.175.110] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols . Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

likewise what an amazing effort by one of our own.

So proud to have served in our fantastic Royal Marine Band Service.

Regards to all. Be safe

Barry

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Message Number: 2735 - Monday, May 11, 2020 06:43:12 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Preston (USA since 1992)
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

HOW MANY TIMES?

I did eleven years from the age of barely 14 and during my time must have heard this poignant 'call' countless thousands of time. The rivalry between 'bandy' and 'sticks' was and likely still is rife but both band and corps of drums are integral and long may that continue. Many of my best friends are 'stickie blues'.

This morning (11th May) I got up per Reveille, and got my coffee and began to trawl the news, world and UK. I found the link to the act of sincere and great performance of the Last Post and gave it a whirl......so to speak.

From the opening few notes it became abundantly clear that this fellow was a very capable and confident Corporal Bugler of his time and that his luster hadn't faded.

I was in tears just knowing how proud I am to have served in the best service of HM The Queen. Proud and privileged to have shared mess decks, parade grounds and pints with many comrades and friends who are the smartest and most professional of a Corps of Drums you could ever know.

On behalf of us all I say "well done" and thank you to Stu for your service, your committment and your courage in very challenging times both for the world's nations and for Stu Bartlett who is fighting a battle of his own. Let's hope that the day will come soon so that we can hold and hug our loved ones without fear.

Keep the faith!

Dickie

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Message Number: 2734 - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 07:15:54 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  It's somewhere if you care to look
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Hi all,

Just to let you know that I am back home having spent the weekend in the Medway hospital. On Saturday I was suffering from a tight chest and a pain along with a tingling in my left arm and fingers. The Memsahib called for an ambulance which arrived in about 10 minutes. The very nice lady paramedics gave me an ECG and decided that the best course of action was to get me to hospital. I was triaged straight away with bloods and moved to the Day Emergency Room. After two hours the vampires wanted more blood, then two hours later, more blood. When I saw the doctor she explained that there was an anomaly with the tests and I would have to stay in.
I was then transferred to Lister ward which was occupied by a con from Swaleside prison and his minders. Also a bloke who I think had mental health issues who spent the whole evening and night swearing and generally abusing the staff. No sleep for me that night.
On Sunday I was again moved to another ward, Nelson, which is a cardiac ward. More bloods and BPs finally on Monday I was taken to theatre for an angiogram. A camera was inserted into my right arm, I said ARM!!! and up into the chest and round to the heart area. Didn’t feel a thing although I was fully conscious throughout.
Anyway, I am overwhelmed by the messages from the band members giving me their support and love. It is very much appreciated. Derek Vickers has phoned me twice a day, every day and is now pissed off because he has had his suit cleaned and it’s not needed, yet!!!

I won’t name the others mainly ‘cos the memory has gone and I can’t remember who did call. The name “Twiglet” will be long remembered in Nelson ward, even the consultant addressed me by that name.

The clap for careers this Thursday will have more significance for Erica and myself this week. They are bloody brilliant.
Thanks again for all your messages,
Mike aka Twiglet

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Message Number: 2733 - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 04:15:18 EST
[IP = 86.133.175.110] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols wirra Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard

Good news,

Mike Tellick is back home. Just had a long chat with him, he sounds good and as always he is most positive.

Mike also was amazed how many messages and emails he has received from members of our great Band Service Family.

Regards to all

Barry

[editor] Indeed so Barry and I have a good long message from Mike to post following this message as of today still early morning Apr 22 EST-USA.

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Message Number: 2732 - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 05:18:00 EST
[IP = 92.25.52.185] -
Name:  Paul Collett
Service Number:  RMB3827
Hometown:  Wimborne
Instrument/s:  Basses
Comments:

Just had an email from Mike Tellick to say he is OK and hopes to be home later

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Message Number: 2731 - Monday, April 20, 2020 15:49:58 EST
[IP = 2.222.141.16] -
Name:  David Tremaine
Service Number:  RMB3928
Hometown:  Buckingham
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Hi Dickie

Sorry to read of Mick Tellick's illness. We served together in HMS Eagle 1967/8 where he was our solo clarinet (along with Peter Phillips).

Get well soon Mick

David Tremaine

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Message Number: 2730 - Monday, April 20, 2020 08:22:21 EST
[IP = 86.133.175.110] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘ Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

I feel that I must defend you. Seeing that I informed you of Mike Tellick's heart attack. Mike himself related to me, that the hospital had told him, that he had suffered a mild heart attack. But I bow to Bill's greater knowledge.

All I can relate now is that Mike appears to be doing ok and today he was having a angiogram (once again Mikes terminology.)

Regards to you all. Take care and be safe.

BARRY

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