HMS LLANDAFF  

 

Reunion  2018

 

 

 

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Advanced party arrived in the first dog watch on Thursday 11th and turned too straight away by sampling the stock from behind the bar then went ashore for pre reunion dinner and this year we were joined by Paul & Lynda Baxendale from Canada which proves once again it doesnít matter how far you have to travel to reunion its all about the company rather than the place .

Friday morning at Breakfast a guest of the hotel ( The Palm Court ) which again was a new venue for us all was over heard saying I think we are in for a noisy weekend , I did confirm this straight away .

The duty buffer Alan  was on hand to  fix up banners , Ensigns , etc and before long we were ready to open the Gangway .

Everyone started to arrive from around midday and it wasnít long before the lamp swinging was at a steady pace .

The afternoon watch was a steady afternoon watch with plenty of lamp swinging , meeting new members on their first reunion and plenty of refreshments and the Chiz  uckers  board was soon in action with practice rounds taking place ready for the competition which  was taking place over the weekend . ( oops did I see a flying uckers board )  yes it wasnít long before the cheating started and it was clear to see who needed to be watched !!!!

Charlie came away from the practice rounds looking like the Favourite after producing the double six dice over and over again .

It was soon time for Dinner which was delicious and it was clear to see that we were going to be looked after in the food department .

Time for the Entertainment so your emmutainments occifer Tomo and his assistant picked out 3 judges , Nicky  Joy , Carole ( Curley Sue ) Garnet and Sharon Gasson  and got the HMS Llandaff HAS NO TALENT under way.

Wow to say that this was a different type of talent show would be an understatement with Judges comments like YOUR CRAP was being heard all around . No doubt about it the winners were Frankie Vaughan & Yorky Hardcastle by a mile , Their prize for winning was a box of 10 boiled eggs .

By the end of the first watch it was clear to see that the whole of the ships company especially More Dick ( Joy ) and their wifeís & Partners were all winners of having no talent or as the owner of the Hotel said to me He had never heard anything like it before in his life and was now getting complaints from the neighbours .

Yorky Hardcastle also became the proud owner of a hand made Rum Maiden (Bottle of Pussers included ) by winning a football scratch card which produced a profit of around £120 which has been sent off to a sea cadet fund .

Saturday morning started with a good hearty breakfast and a few pills were knocking around the place , after breakie most ventured ashore to take in the delights of Eastbourne and what it has to offer on what was a gorgeous sunny day , The sea front and pier was very busy with loads of transvestites around the place as it was their convention weekend ( Iíve seen better at a Sods Opera) Which reminds me where did all the womenís clothing come from when we used to have Sods Operas onboard ????? Answers on a post card .

In the afternoon watch the Mike Chisholm  Uckers competition  got under way and the concentration looks on certain peoples faces was so funny and intense.

It was soon time to clean into Number 1s and muster for up spirits and wine reception the Rum donated by our Spanish Oppo Paul Measer  who by the way has just acquired a new bar in Salou called The barrels so we wish you well in your new venture ( Mini Reunion in Salou ??? )  This was  followed by our Gala Dinner .

The wine for Dinner was once again paid for and provided by our very own Alan (Budgie ) Imms  who to this day is still cruising around the world on his rather big Fanny boat , Thank you Budgie it is much appreciated and hopefully some time in the near future we hope to see you at reunion. Wine that reminds me ??? I provided a bottle of Asti for the bride during dinner and a certain new comer Carol ( Curly Sue ) Chippy Carpenters other half set about the bottle !!!! Honest Bride it was a full bottle when I opened it !!! After dinner we asked Priggy Price to earn his dinner and do a little speech which went down very well .

Oh well time for the Ships company Dance , I cant think of a better Ships company dance in all the years we have been holding reunions , its got to a point that at midnight the owner of the Hotel asked me what time we were going to call it a day as he was worried about his dance floor and his furniture as people were now standing and dancing on chairs as their was no room left on the dance floor , I replied we will stop when the band has had enough !!! 30 minutes later  when they stopped playing the owner was shouting louder than anyone else for them to continue . A nice comment from the owner was that he looks forward to us coming every year ??? Not sure whether thatís because we make the place rock or heís looking at his bank balance.

A  great donated raffle took place well done everyone who contributed the extra funds always comes in handy for all the extra bits and pieces we have to cover and leaves us a little in the Bank Account.

Sunday morning breakfast was a quiet affair after the night or should I say early hours of the morning .

The Uckers final took place and as expected Charlie Williams beat Paul Baxandale  with some more dodgy double six throwing .

Well done Charlie , Uckers proved to be a great addition to the weekend of fun so BZ to Mike Chisholm for fixing it up .

At midday it was time for our run ashore to the fishermans club for the HMS Llandaff Sods Opera compared as per the norm by your emmutainments occifer Tomo & Trish  !!!!  I was put on defaulters for wearing a Ganges pilot shirt the evening before and I must thank my defence council ( More Dick Joy) for a great defence and advice ??? Tomo you should of known not to give me a chance to explain myself by asking have you any thing to say !!! Answer CASE DISMISSED !!!   Great new acts this year and well done to Jackie Chisholm & Kay Owen for their performance and Sue Bailey joining in for the Sailors song , As for the finale Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers eat your heart out !!! Chris Howley & Mike Chisholm  you were brilliant and donít you just love hairy legs ???

 Thanks to Ian Bailey for being the photographer for the week end www.hmsllandaff.co.uk  and   everyone who did their bit on the day Charlie Williams  ,  More Dick  ( Joy ) Paul Baxendale to name a few but I think that you will all agree Tomo is the star of the show , where does he get the energy ??? Told him before he should have been on the Telly as when he was my opposite QM onboard he was never on the Gangway !!!!

The buffet was provided by the club but paid for by our association and in all I think everyone enjoyed the afternoon ??? some of the locals seemed a bit confused to Sailors Humour however they all seemed to enjoy the show .

Sunday evening was a quiet affair with many retiring hurt early but only to be expected .

Monday it was breakie and that time to hand in station cards and bid farewell for another year , Thank you for all those who attended , nice to see some new comers and we hope you will all return next year .

Now we have a great Hotel and staff and with the offer of a price freeze for next year it was decided that we will return to the Palm Court on the 11th Oct 2019 , believe me it is so difficult to get such a great deal that we have for a reunion itís a no brainer !!! look around and most reunions are costing over £200 a head for a weekend and in fact HMS Ganges reunion now costs £255 for a weekend and they have the numbers  attending to negotiate ???

Iíve always said we go by the majority however if there is someone out their that wants to try organising a reunion North of the country please be my guest as remember its your association !!! so you can

Reunion booking forms will go out in March 2019

As the end of the year draws close the Bride & myself wish you all a great Christmas and a Happy New Year .

 

 

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