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for Paul
From busk
A CRICKET match in memory
of Paul McCann, the submariner
who died in an accident in HMS
Tireless, will be held on July
19 at Halesowen Cricket Club,
Grange Road, Halesowen, West
till dawn
A select Halesowen XI will
play against a Royal Navy team
JUST writing these pages
in aid of the Paul McCann Fund is enough to make us Navy
for Needy Children. The match News reporters want a good
has become an annual fixture
sit-down sometimes – it’s
since Paul died in 2007.
the manic energy involved
Paul grew up playing for
in all that running, cycling,
Halesowen Cricket Club’s youth
teams and continued to play for
climbing, swimming, painting
senior teams when back from
schools, digging gardens and
general muscular activities
Previous years have seen in aid of good causes.
Halesowen take the bragging So it makes a nice change to
rights, but the Navy are go arty, and report on a very
determined this year to change successful musical day in HMS
all that. The day will be a fun- Illustrious. The carrier took a
packed event including the main break in her busy training period
cricket match, BBQ, tombola, to take part in the first Musequality
Royal Navy photographic display, World Busk, raising over £700 for
raffles, charity auction, evening the charity Musequality.
entertainment, refreshments, What’s Musequality, you might
surprise event and more. ask?
Find out more at the website: It’s a new charity set up to take music projects to some of the
poorest children in the developing
We know
world, giving them the chance to
learn skills that offer them a route
out of poverty, and away from the
risks of drug culture, violence and ● Lt Sharon Brown and her horse Lord Shannoy
Picture: Peter Cox Photography
Lusty has been in the Baltic Sea
participating in a multinational
Wally was
exercise and operating the Lord’s a-leaping
Harriers of the Naval Strike Wing
(see page 3). A series of busking IT’S USUALLY our Army friends who like to take part in equine
events were held during a planned activities, so it’s always satisfying when a Navy team sweeps the
NOW don’t expect the big screen
lull in flying operations, allowing
board – especially when it’s on Army turf.
adaptation of this superhero
members of the ship’s company to
The Help for Heroes Charity Horse Show was held at Thorney
pairing just yet...
demonstrate their musical talents.
Island, near Emsworth, home of 47 and 12 Regiment Royal
Wallyman and Wallywoman –
Events included members of the
Artillery Barracks, but it was Navy rider Lt Sharon Brown who
more commonly known as AET
ship’s company busking outside
● Not quite the right pipes: (in no particular order) Lt Cdr Anthony
carried the day.
David Robertshaw and his better
the NAAFI store; a ‘hymnathon’
Hands, Lt Cdr Paul Burton, Cdr Martin Douglas, Lt Cdr Stuart
Sharon, who is based at Headquarters Naval Command, won
half Kelly Wallis – pounded the
organised by the ship’s chaplain; a
Macdonald Picture: Cpl D Parnham RAF
first and second in the show-jumping classes on Lord Shannoy, the
sea front at Brighton, two out
performance by the volunteer band
fundraise for this cause.” locations around the ship with the horse she bred and reared from foalhood.
of more than 2,000 runners in
and a ‘Guitar Hero’ challenge in
As Illustrious continued to motto “we play until you pay”.
costume in the Heroes 10K run.
the evening.
operate as part of the exercise, Commanding Officer Capt Ben
This was, apparently, the
The day was organised by C/Sgt
crew members in their off-watch Key said: “This event has really
biggest gathering of superheroes
Ross Hunt, a member of the Royal
periods joined in the event. captured the imagination of the
– yes, there really is a Guinness
Marines Band Service currently
Cdr Jim Macleod said: “Walking ship’s company.
World Record for a gathering of
‘Übermenschen’; it stood at 103
on attachment to the ship. through the ship this morning you “We are here in the middle
before the race.
He said: “The ship’s company could hear the sound of clarinets of a busy NATO exercise, but
But the real heroes were the
really got into the event; I was playing jazz at the same time as members of the crew have still
beneficiaries of the race – in
amazed at how many talented the roar of a Harrier taking off.” found time during their off-watch
David and Kelly’s case Help for
musicians we have onboard and A surprise appearance was also periods to reveal their musical
that they all took time out of their made by the ‘Peruvian Players’, talents and raise money for a
“I went on Bavarian Surprise,
busy days to play some music and who busked at various busy worthy cause.”
saw the disabled skiers and
thought: I want to do something
for them,” said 27-year-old David Volunteers
who serves in HMS Ark Royal.
“We both enjoy running, so
this event was the obvious choice. change
We did want to take ourselves
too seriously, so Wallyman and
Wallywoman it was.” pace for
Wallyman’s special power is to
run ten kilometers in 43 minutes;
Wallywoman’s is to complete Life
the race a few seconds behind.
DURING a break in the annual
Ian’s feet of
Together, the pair collected £300
for H4H.
Royal Naval Volunteer Band
“It was really good fun – there
Festival last year, two musicians
● The Bandies on Bikes
was an excellent atmosphere,”
from the Collingwood band got
said David. “Everyone was
...and they stopped
together and had a brainwave.
cheering us along. Some of the
Their idea was to take part in
this year’s Tesco Race for Life in
IF YOU wanted proof that Navy divers don’t really have webbed feet,
runners really made an effort with
aid of Cancer Research.
check out this picture (above). The bandaged toes belong to diving in-
their costumes – one guy painted
playing to cycle
So far so good. But rather than
structor Ian Fleming, from the Defence Diving School in Portsmouth.
himself all over as the Silver
running the course, or walking it,
And the sore feet are the price he paid for taking part in Project 65,
they came up with a more novel
the 65-mile challenge run from Dorset to Normandy in commemoration
idea – “Let’s do it as a marching
of D-Day.
Flying high
…AND IN case any Marine honour of his name.
CPO Fleming was the only RN runner in a mostly-Army field. He
bandsmen and women read “He would have been the first As volunteers from other bands
said: “I met some fantastic people along the way and had a great bit of
THE Fly Navy Heritage Trust
about Musequality and think to do it, especially as it is raising rushed to join, the March for Life
banter with the Army lads.
raised more than £40,000 at a
we’re saying musicians aren’t so much money for three such volunteer band soon numbered
“The reception when we arrived at Pegasus Bridge was fantastic and
Battle of the Atlantic Dinner in
fighting fit – read on. worthwhile charities.” 50 musicians, plus a Corps of
made all the pain worthwhile.”
London where guests included
A team of 15 Royal Marines Among the riders was C/Sgt drums.
To date Ian (pictured below in case you can’t recognise him by feet alone)
the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir
musicians – quickly dubbed the Mark Phillips, Andy’s brother- The players are drawn from
has raised £2,500 in support of wounded veterans, and hopes to break
Jonathon Band; Rear Admiral
Bandies on Bikes – arrived at HMS in-law, who currently serves as the Nelson, Collingwood, Heron,
£3,000 when all his promised monies come in.
Sir Donald Gosling; a cross-
Raleigh to a fanfare welcome after the Volunteer Band Instructor at Devonport and Royal Marines
section of serving Fleet Air Arm
their 390-miles ride from Deal to HMS Drake. bands, as well as the Hampshire
personnel and 21 veterans of the
Torpoint, pedalling an average of The core team included five Police band and Horndean band.
Battle of the Atlantic.
75 miles a day. musicians from the Plymouth- Volunteer bandie Anita
The speaker was the Swordfi sh
The ride should raise nearly based band, and was joined by up Newman, who plays with the
pilot Lt Cdr Bruce Vibert,
£30,000 in memory of two to five other bandies each day. Nelson band, said: “Most people
who gave a vivid account of his
colleagues who died last Maj Kelly’s daughter, Jade, walk or run the course, so they
year, Maj John Kelly and Band joined the group to cycle the first will be walking or running around
The money raised will go
Cpl Andy Thomson, who were leg and his brother took to the us this year.”
towards supporting our naval
both members of the Royal saddle for the third day of the She added: “Five kilometers
aviation heritage.
Marines Band based at challenge, from Portsmouth to – three miles – may not sound a
Lympstone. Poole. long way to run or walk, but it’s a
Fine dining
Maj Kelly died aged 46 from The money raised will go very long march for a band and we
a rare neurological disease and towards three charities – the will be playing all the way.”
Band Cpl Thomson, 34, died of Deal Bandstand Memorial Trust; If you’re in Portsmouth on
INSTRUCTORS and trainees skin cancer. chosen by Major Kelly’s wife, Sunday July 19 and want to see
from HMS Raleigh’s Defence Andy Thomson’s wife, Cathy, Wendy; St Luke’s Hospice in the band in action, March for
Maritime Logistics School cooked also a Band Corporal, welcomed Plymouth, where Andy Thomson Life starts on Southsea Common
and served up a fi ve-course the bandies as they arrived at died, selected by Cathy, and the at 1100.
dinner in partnership with City HMS Raleigh. She said: “Andy Royal Marines Benevolent Fund, See the webpage at www.
College Plymouth and a host would have been overwhelmed to which supports Marines injured
of celebrity chefs to raise nearly think that so many people have or killed on operations and their marchforlifeband for more
£20,000 for Help for Heroes. trained and organised this in families. details.
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