HMS LLANDAFF  

 

Reunion  2017

 

 

 

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HMS LLANDAFF 17TH REUNION
( Wash Up )
( Dedicated to the memory of Cdr Chris Welland R.N. a great supporter of our great association who crossed the bar this year )
Advance party ( Slinger & bride, Tommo & Trish, and Bomber Bailey & Sue ) arrived on the Thursday to get the Ship tickertee boo for the arrival of the ships company on the Friday.
 

Friday the ships company started to arrive at our new birth The Hadleigh Hotel which was a totally different lay out that we were used too however this didnít become a problem .The bathrooms had all had a refit and the cabins were very clean . next year the Hotel has just purchased a sister ship across the road to which myself and the bride have had a guided tour and will serve ours requirements even better so watch this space !!!!
Nice to have onboard some new comers and sorry to lose some of the first commission due to an age situation however it didnít stop the fun of a reunion .
 

Friday afternoon their was plenty of lamp swinging followed by a splendid evening dinner. after dinner we mustered in the ballroom area where our Emutainments occifer Tommo with Trish at his side entertained us all with The Llandaff has NO Talent competition !!! Well what can I say I will always remember the song Saturday night at the movies in a different light after Del Boy Owen murdered it !!! .
 

We had great performances from Charlie Williams & Chris Howley and ended up with a duet play off between Hamish Sterling & Charlie Williams .
It was a close run thing with the judges Susanna Carey opting for Charlie and Jackie Chisholm opting for Hamish leaving the casting vote to myself and after a lot of thought 1 second I decided on Hamish by a whisker . The booby prize was awarded to Yorky Hardcastle & Frankie Vaughan as none of us understood a word of the song that they sang !!! Well done all that entered the competition. After we were entertained by several acts the most standing out were the Ladies , Susanna , Jackie , & Kay for their Sailor song and Kay for her solo act which involved her Cat ????
 

Saturday started with a hearty breakfast for everyone except for Shipmate Dick Joy ( The Lady D.J on the Friday night still coming to terms with the name ) say no more !!!! Anyway Dick felt sorry for George the night watchman and decided he hadnít had enough so worked the first half of the morning watch as well !!!
Most people chilled out with a few attending the Fish club at lunchtime putting the finishing touches to the up and coming sods opera .
At 1830 up spirits and Hands to Dinner was piped by Dick Joy and 2 new rum bosuns Yorky Hardcastle & Frankie Vaughan issued out Nelsons Blood & Wine for the Ladies ( Think Yorky drank most of it )
The Gala Dinner followed .
The wine this year was once again supplied by our very own Alan Budgie Imms to which we thank him for his generosity. Budgie is still sailing the seven seas after all these years on his very large Fanny boat , we hope that one year he will manage to join us at a reunion .
At the end of the dinner it was decided by a clear Majority that we should return to Eastbourne next year so put the 12th of October on your calendar , we know that travelling can be a major issue but when you have lads and lasses still travelling from across the waters from France, Spain and Northern Ireland with a few Jocks thrown in for good measure and not forgetting a couple well into their 80s who travelled all the way down from Stockport by Train ( Thank you to the British transport system who gave assistance for the whole journey ) is it really a problem ??? Reunions are about the people who attend not the place you are visiting . The Venue is also important and Eastbourne has never let us down .
After Dinner we were back up to the Ballroom to be entertained by a local Duo who approached me before they started to inform me that they had both been under the weather and were not quite 100% ?? I told them not to worry as if they had heard some of the singing on the Friday Llandaffs got no talent night it couldnít be any worse !!!!
Fair play to the entertainers they performed well with a great mixture of music . The evening had its usual break for the Llandaff raffle which was much needed due to a bit of overspending of the funds . Great prizes donated by everyone and our very own Chiz knocked up around about 19 plaques at £10 each and donated all moneys into the Llandaff funds !!! BZ that man . An auction was presented to us by our Emutainments occifer Tommo he had 2 knitted items from Susanna Carey ( Santa and friend Snowman ) and a personised Llandaff Uckers board donated by Bomber Bailey our webmaster , Yours truly paid £40 for Santa and Stan Holloway bought the Snowman for £30 he then went on to out bid Chiz for the Uckers board at £90 but once he realised how bad Chiz wanted the board we did a deal a Chiz plaque went to Stan for the uckers board in return so everyone was happy Chiz started crying ( Nothing new there ) and the association made a load of money . On the night it was in the region of £500 well done everyone .
The whole evening was a great success and we all had fun which is what its all about .
 

Sunday Started again with a welcome breakfast to soak up the juice no defaulters Table as we were not sure if Dick Joy would make Breakfast !!!, my advise Dick next year make sure your minders are in place to look after you .
At 1145 we went for our usual run ashore to the Fish club for our Annual Sods Opera , Well what can be said it must go down as the Best so far , well organised as usual by Tommo & Assistant Trish and some great acts by the usual plus a new act by the communicators and Hamish but without Doubt the Elvis act by Chris Howley blew everyone away !!! if you can get You tube up on your TV or PC itís a must to watch , well done our master camera man Bomber Bailey some first class work which also included the photos that have since hit the web page www.hmsllandaff.co.uk
A fine buffet was provided by the Fish club although we do pay for it out of the funds but I must say Iíve never had so many regulars approach me after to tell us what a great afternoon it was and so we have yet again been invited back next year . A few of the crew pick up cash from the cash raffle and Sue Bailey hit the top prize of £100 so what does she do ?? yep she parted with some of her winnings as a donation towards our costs , BZ Sue .
We made our way back to the Hadleigh for an evening Meal and a chill out period , most decided to hit the sack early due to travelling the next morning .
Monday morning was time for goodbyes so I tackled Chunky Durrant who is having a few walking problems and suggested that I arranged a Cab for his journey next year , he replied Sod off send me a Hurst !!!! .Just before, one of his shoe laces had become undone so Kay Owen bent down and offered assistance and after he replied with a cheeky grin thatís sticky it needs a wet wipe now !!! ( Llandaff humour )
All the goodbyes done for yet another year I would just like to thank everyone for all their help in putting this reunion together , even though we were down on numbers it was still one of our finest gatherings so remember without you guys it doesnít happen !! How many more years have we got left in our association ?? Who knows we arenít getting any younger.
booking forms for next year will hit the doormats in February

Slinger & Bride

 

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