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Picture Gallery - Spring 2015
Plymouth, York, Portsmouth & Hartlepool
More Southsea colour Beautiful spring colours Keith & Ann's Audi parked on the South Downs Korean War veteran at the St Georges Day Parade Soldiers at the St Georges Day Parade Pete Brown, Ron Streetly and Keith Hart. We joined the navy together in September 1959. Keith and I were at school together too! HMS Alliance HMS Alliance control room Keither and Ann Hart were my guests for Sunday lunch in the Wardroom Sporting a tie for the first time in years! The joy of dog ownership. Keith & Ann clean their dog Nelson after he had been rolling in cattle dung! The Mayor at the St Georges Day Parade Tuesday is Market Day in Havant Delicious lunch at the Golden Lion at Bedhampton Delicious Rhubarb Crumble at the Golden Lion, Bedhampton Capt'n Jaspers on the Barbican in Plymouth is a little more up market than it was a few years ago! Smeaton's Tower once stood on the Eddystone Rock, 14 miles south of Plymouth Hoe Part of the WW1-WW2 Naval Memorial on Plymouth Hoe There are similar naval memorials in Chatham and Portsmouth The Navy Inn was very popular with sailors in the old days. I met my cousin Simon here for drinks during my visit this year This was once the Gaumont Cinema in Plymouth. This is where I was when the assassination of President Kennedy was announced to the world The Lido on Plymouth Hoe was a favourite place for me in my mid teens Tinside on Plymouth Hoe was also a regular swimming area for me as a teenager Beautiful colours More wild colours I loved the walking in the Lake District of England. Feeling very relaxed here On the right is Sheila, and ex crew member from the Mediterranean. Here she is with her sister Carol Relaxed during a long walk Local residents Lambing season is a great time to be in the Lake District Stunning and dramatic scenery Sheila and I hit a local Fish & Chip shop for lunch! Glad she brought a bottle of ketchup! War Memorial Bleak outlook from the older part of the city Inside St Hilda's Church in Old Hartlepool Taking the wheel A really excellent restored warship and museum Sheila is an ex Tradewinds (Mediterranean) crew member Some of the exhibits are very lifelike On deck Max at the stumps My daughter Anne with my ex wife Sue With my son Ian and daughter Anne My ex wife Sue, with my daughter Anne and grandaughter Jessica My son Ian explains Android to my daughter's partner, Jason Everyone All the group. Thanks to Ian and his partner Kate for yet another special event My son Ian at the stumps The York Test 2015! Max bowls to Ian Ouzat! My daughter Jessica is an Assistant Producer at the BBC Derby radio station My grandaughter Katie with her partner Ross Great dinner in my hotel room tonight - a Smoked Bacon, Stilton, West Country Farmhouse Mature and vintage Cheddar Cheese Quiche from Lidl, plus banana and After Eights! Fabulous!
A very memorable 3 weeks in the UK. Highlights were staying with Keith and Ann in Havant, attending the navy reunion in Fareham, visiting the Submarine and Fort Nelson Museums at Portsmouth, staying and walking in my birthplace, Plymouth, walking in the Lake District with Sheila, staying in Hartlepool and visit to the HMS Trincomalee Maritime Museum with Sheila and attending the 2015 Family Reunion in York.
With my host Sheila aboard HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool My trusty Audi A4, here shown in the Lake District with blossom (looks like confetti!) My car gets its annual clean before being put away in storage for almost a year