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NAVY NEWS, JULY 2009 33
Ex-pats
Aberdeen hosts
Silver
parade jubilee
in Spain marked
MEMBERS of Torrevieja branch THE HMS Middleton (L74)
took part in a major parade which Association have just celebrated
rounded off a day of displays and their 25th annual reunion at the
events in the Spanish city. Eagle reunion RNA Club in Royal Leamington
Torrevieja, in the province Spa.
of Alicante, has a large ex-pat Leading the celebrations was
population – not just British – and the ship’s first First Lieutenant,
the parade was part of the San
AFTER a series of successful
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward
Cristobel festival, San Cristobel reunions of the last Ashmore, and his wife Lady
being the patron saint of the
commission of the aircraft
Elizabeth Ashmore.
Spanish armed forces.
carrier HMS Eagle, a ‘Nautical
The original Middleton was
Veterans from all countries were
Extravaganza Weekend’ has
a Hunt-class destroyer, and the
invited to turn up and march, and association was founded in 1984
many serving personnel marched
been staged in Aberdeen.
when 12 members of the old
alongside them.
Former shipmates travelled
ship’s company met up at the
Spanish naval vessels were
from all over the UK to attend
commissioning of the current
open to the public throughout the
the action-packed weekend at the
HMS Middleton at Rosyth.
afternoon and among the displays
Northern Hotel.
Over the years more than 130
were a simulated helicopter rescue
After a very lively meet and
members of the former ship’s
and a Spanish military band.
greet on the Friday evening,
company have joined, but time
Although there was a short
sightseeing tours were laid on by
has taken its toll, leaving almost
wreath-laying ceremony, the
the hotel and local Sea Cadet unit,
40 who served in the ship between
parade was not a remembrance
TS Bon Accord.
1941 and 1946.
event as such, but paid tribute to
The unit, based in Aberdeen,
Members believe they must have
all those who contributed to the
provided a minibus and driver to
one of the smallest associations for
freedoms that all enjoy today.
take a group to a local distillery in
a World War 2 ship.
the village of Old Meldrum.
The original Middleton led a
Ten up for
After the reception on the
very active life, participating in
Saturday evening, dinner was
19 Arctic convoys – more than
piped by a young cadet, followed
any other Hunt-class ship –and
Dorchester
by Ceremonial Sunset and the
surviving the ill-fated Harpoon
Parading of the Haggis.
convoy to Malta in 1942
The Sea Cadet volunteers
She was also present at the
DORCHESTER branch has helped out during the evening,
D-Day landings, but survived
celebrated its tenth anniversary including the Grand Draw, with
the war intact, and was finally
with a dinner at the Wessex Hotel. all the proceeds going to the unit.
scrapped in 1957.
The guests of honour were One of the guests, 89-year-old
national chairman S/M David Eddie Sherwin – who saw the
White and his wife Monica – reunion advertised in Navy News
● Studying a photograph of the sinking of the wartime HMS Eagle in front of one of the photographic
Bristol bash
a fitting choice as S/M White – didn’t serve on the last Eagle,
displays at the meet and greet are Eddie Sherwin (left), Able Cadet Shaunnay Walker of TS Bon
commissioned the branch in which entered service in 1952, but
Accord, and the reunion main organiser Bill Melvin
THE Lord Mayor of Bristol and
Picture: Ex-CPO(Phot) Danny du Feu
his wife were among the guests of
1999. is a survivor of the previous Eagle,
has been a fantastic weekend and membership secretary Danny du of Liverpool, which Eagle visited honour at the 90th annual dinner
At the dinner S/Ms George torpedoed off Malta in 1942 when
very well supported, and Eddie Feu said: “All the ex-Eaglets and on more than one occasion, should and dance of the Bristol Royal
Osborne (chairman) and Roy 150 sailors lost their lives.
Sherwin – well, what a trooper. guests were overwhelmed with be the venue for our next reunion Navy and Royal Marines Old
Dean (secretary) were presented Former POSA Eddie was
“He is an inspiration to us all.” the hospitality they received in in October 2010, and for which Comrades Association.
with life memberships of the RNA brought to the reunion by his
Although some shipmates stayed Aberdeen, especially from the Sea the planning has already begun.” Also at the event, in the
for outstanding efforts on behalf of daughter.
until the Monday, most left after a Cadet unit.” For further details please contact wardroom of HMS Flying Fox,
the association in general and the Bill Melvin, the main organiser
get-together on the Sunday. He added: “Looking to the Danny on 07891 660715 or email were Brigs Lang and Hill and
Dorchester branch in particular. of the Scottish reunion, said: “It
Assistant organiser and future, we have voted that the City danny@ddf-photography.co.uk association president Cdre Wood.
Magical association
Insight
SECOND Sea Lord Vice Admiral astonishing that this association
Sir Alan Massey and his wife Julie has remained so strong and
attended the gala dinner of the vibrant after fully 50 years, since
into Malta
HMS Newfoundland Association the paying off of a ship that was
at the South Downs Holiday herself only in service for some
Centre, Bracklesham Bay. 17 years.
This was the final meeting of the “There has obviously been some
tunnels
association, at which upwards of magic sprinkled somewhere on
300 members and guests attended. the people associated with HMS
A RECENT article in the Times of
Admiral Massey said: “It is Newfoundland.”
Malta described how part of the
Valletta fortifications, including a
£50 PRIZE PUZZLE
labyrinth of tunnels, were handed
over by the Maltese Government to
the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna (Malta
Heritage Trust) which will create a
multi-period heritage park.
The properties include the
saluting battery at the Barracca
gardens, the nearby ditch, St Peter
and St Paul counterguard and
the tunnels beneath, including the
Lascaris war rooms.
Some of the tunnels have never
been opened to the public, and it
is estimated that the project will
take three years to complete.
THE mystery ship in our May
Part of the complex has been
edition (right) was HMS Sheraton,
used before as a tourist attraction
pictured in Hong Kong.
under the heading of ‘Lascaris War
Mr J Digance of Dunfermline
Rooms’, but they have been shut
answered correctly, and wins our
and fallen into disrepair.
£50 prize.
More than 20 members of the
This month’s cruiser (above)
Lascaris (Malta) Association
was launched under one name
visited the island last year and were
during World War 2 but not
given the opportunity to tour the
commissioned until 16 years later
‘war rooms’ and original Comcen.
– under another name.
While sections of the war
What was her name at
Closing date for entries is August rooms, complete with maps and
commissioning, and what was
14. More than one entry can be mannequins in various Navy and
her name at launch? submitted, but photocopies cannot
RAF uniforms were still accessible,
We have removed her pennant be accepted. Do not include
the Comcen is in a state of total
number from the picture. anything else in your envelope: no
disrepair, with all fixtures and
Complete the coupon and send correspondence can be entered into
it to Mystery Picture, Navy News, and no entry returned.
fittings having been removed.
HMS Nelson, Portsmouth PO1 3HH. The winner will be announced
It took considerable debate,
Coupons giving the correct answer in our September edition. The
both in the actual Comcen and
will go into a prize draw to establish competition is not open to Navy in a nearby bar afterwards to
a winner. News employees or their families. determine what office was where,
how one got about, and who was
chief of each of the four watches.
MYSTERY PICTURE 173 After the tour the Maltese civil
servant in charge of the complex
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . said that he had learnt more in the
two-hour visit than he had from
months of studying blueprints.
Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The association has contacted
the Malta Heritage Trust to offer
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . their assistance to enable them
to gain an understanding of the
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . layout and use of the Comcen and
hope to visit the island next year.
My answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anyone interested in joining
the Lascaris (Malta) Association
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . should see the Associations section
of Navy News.
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