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Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« on: June 16, 2011, 10:11:04 PM »
The Club have been invited to have a stand at Ryde on the Isle of wight this Saturday for their Armed Forces Day. Malcolm and I will be joined by Phill and members of Team Bournemouth to spread the word about XH558. We are staying with an ex-vulcan pilot which could be very interesting. One of our members on the island, Eric Chestnut, has been kind enough to arrange all our ferries and accommodation too. Thank you Eric. :D
Looking forward to it :D I've got my passport and Euro's ready!! :lol:

If you're in the vicinity come and say hello :D
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2011, 10:32:31 PM »
Time to unleash TB's non stealth weapon... who goes by the name of Maggie  ;)
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 10:11:15 AM »
No-one mentioned it to me! :-(  (anyway, I'm rostered at the railway, so there! :p )
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011, 10:50:16 AM »
Quote from: "Pujgnie"
Time to unleash TB's non stealth weapon... who goes by the name of Maggie  ;)

 :lol: She'll be having words with you tomorrow at 6am, which is definitely not the best 6 o'clock of the day to encounter her  :shock:  :D
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2011, 11:18:25 AM »
:(  Unfortunately I am in Paris this weekend so will miss you all, and it's only a short hop on the ferry! bugger  :(
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2011, 01:58:20 PM »
Oh well, seeing as it's only one day I can;t even offer to come and darken your doorstep on Sunday.... :-(
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2011, 04:42:39 PM »
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Oh well, seeing as it's only one day I can;t even offer to come and darken your doorstep on Sunday.... :-(

Hi Nick,

It was discussed and initially arranged ages ago and I think there were restrictions due to the ferry tickets - need to ask Phil  - We are going in one car (not mine!) with gazebo, tables etc, plus a lot of wet weather gear I fear  :roll:  It's absolutely hammering it down here at the moment..

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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2011, 08:31:14 PM »
A nice day out on an overseas mission. We took passports just in case  ;)

Our spot was on North Walk promenade with nice views across the Solent and the 'aroma de seaweed' when the tide receded. The weather was a lot kinder than predicted. A bit breezy initially and the odd shower, but nothing major. Precautions were implemented to stop our Gazebo escaping... courtesy of a large metal bollard and a Palm tree  :lol:

Here are some pics of the day..













A passing visit from Johnson Baharry VC  :)  (He didn't buy anything though)

























There to the bitter end  ;)



Thanks to Eric Chestnut and the organisers for having us... hopefully we may get invited back next year. Was nice to meet all the Veterans who popped in to see us - those guys have my utter respect and admiration.

Hopefully - we achieved promotion and awareness of our Vulcan to the locals of Ryde during the day. Malcolm actually managed to present Johnson Baharry with a Vulcan pin badge whilst getting Janes lunch. Sadly no pics of that.... as I wasn't with him ! (Drat Drat and double drat !  :( )

No doubt Jane or Malcolm will post a bit more on the days events in due course. The new Gazebo was officially 'christened' by a moron with a dog into the bargain  :roll:
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2011, 09:11:47 PM »
I think that's the angry palm tree I was unsure of on the 'spotted' thread!
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2011, 09:17:06 PM »
Nice work and thanks for the pics Phill.  Next year I will keep my calender clear  :D .
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2011, 10:09:43 PM »
An army MEXE float/Harbour unit - Don't see many of those any more. (Photo 4)
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2011, 10:18:37 PM »
Confirmed tonight from Eric Chestnut... We are invited back for next years agenda  :D.

He was well impressed by our Gazebo, and wishes to convey his thanks for us being there. Looks foward to seeing us again next year.

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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2011, 11:27:51 AM »
Not much more to add to this except our thanks to Eric and also to David and Diana Wood. David was a vulcan pilot who flew 557 and 559 but not 558!! Lovely to meet them both and for a very comfortable stay. We also met 2 wonderful Chelsea Pensioners at breakfast. Didnt get their names but two lovely breakfast companions who marched so proudly in the salute.

An amazing and quite humbling experience to meet so many lovely veterans.

Pics to follow later.
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2011, 11:33:50 AM »
I know Dave, lovely chap and he has a very nice son also called Dave tho' too young to be a Vulcan pilot!!!  :lol:
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Re: Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 18th June
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2011, 01:30:56 PM »
He told me DT taught or started to teach him display routines but he wouldnt have been able to do the season cos of his IoW b&b business.
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