Thanks to the local newspapers round the country printing my recent letters about H.M.S. Collingwood, many readers who have served there, those on courses, Cooks, Wrens, Stewards, Stores, etc, have been in contact.
We can see that a lot of old shipmates are going to be reunited. Some, now well into their 80s, like those who served back to the 1940s, and many from the 1950s, ‘60s through to the 1980s. A superb reunion weekend has been arranged for next April and is already booking. This is for those who served at H.M.S. Collingwood, including wives, husbands or partners, who are always welcomed. This will take place in the Chatham area to coincide with the 70th Birthday of H.M.S. Cavalier which will be open to the public. The reunion includes entry to Chatham Historic Dockyard and its Exhibitions. An added delight is to hear from the sons and daughters with tales and photos. We would like those photos or good copies for our archives and for the nostalgic displays at the reunion. For details of the H.M.S. Collingwood Association, and the Reunion, contact the Membership Secretary Peter Lacey, Heathfield, Lapford, Crediton, Devon. EX17 6PZ or email him firstname.lastname@example.org and please mention this newspaper. Bring this letter with you to the reunion and I will buy you a Tot and a Sherry for your wife or Partner. . and drink a toast to ‘The Local Newer’?
Mike Crowe. Chairman
Isle of Wight