The Second
HMS Manchester Association
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Moving on, our gathering was enhanced by the arrival of Gilly Gilchrist and wife, Sharon, Jack Guntrip, Whiskey Haigh, Don and Ann Hazeldon and guests, Daz Major, Stan Matthews, Andy McMain, Steve Moffat, Bob Pape, Terry Partington, Ian and Angela Poulter, our two unrelated Rafferty's, Andy and Gerry, Phil Redmond and Sarah Merritt, Brian and Jenny Roberts and Ronnie and Julie Ronson, plus the two special people I mentioned earlier - but now is still not quite the time to tell you who they are!

Also there was global traveller Tanky Shingler, The Snape family - Red, Alison and Connor, Phil Southcott, Taff Spear, Don Hiller, Teninchliffe, Jacko, Jan Leeming, Jiff and Karen Lemmon, Eddie and Andrea Lewins, and making a very welcome return after serious illness, Doss Living and wife Jacqui, and also White Mafia representatives, Taff Llewellyn and Barry Lucas.  Plus the two very, very, very special people I promise to tell you all about - in a minute!

Mick Farrow, Tanky Shingler, Steve "Fletch" Fletcher,
Andy Rafferty, Ronnie Ronson, George Annable,
Phil Southcott, Jack Dawes, Ken Hinchliffe and Neil "Sharkey" Ward

Last but not least, also thronging the bar were, John Tucker, Sharkey and Tracey Ward, Ted Weager, Knocker White, Bungy Williams, Mark Winch, Slinger and Stella Woods and Keith Woolven.

Sadly, varying reasons robbed us of the pleasure very late on, of the company of Lenny Bilton, Dan Daly, Connie and Sue Francis, Lee Grosvenor, Sam and Maura McKeown, Roger Jones and Sting Wray and, as we discovered, Covid has not gone away.

Deserving of a special mention in despatches at this point are Jack and Louise Dawes who travelled by car and ferry from their home in Portugal - bringing two bottles of a particular local produce with them!!!

But who are these two special people I alluded to earlier? and if you hadn't guessed, it was Jack Russell and his partner, Catherine Baird.

In a nutshell, both have had a really shxt year!  Since our last re-union Jack has been in and out of hospital for various reasons, indeed, we are reliably informed that he spent nearly as much time in a hospital bed in the last year as he did in his rack during the whole time he was onboard D95! - if such a thing was possible!

Meanwhile, Catherine's year has also been peppered with illness and misfortune as well as the unenviable task of caring for Jack!  As a result, it was absolutely brilliant to see them cast all their cares aside and turn up at the Re-union!  Well Done! Both of you, your shipmates salute you!

In the run up to the Re-union we received 162 apologies, with many citing work commitments, holidays and sadly long term ill health.  To those affected by ill health we forward our sincere best wishes.

Among those who gave a more specific and printable reason were: -

Chris Baker - on holiday in the Maldives
Chris Baldwin - away in Sweden
Boff Bancroft - on an Adriatic cruise
David Banks - off celebrating his 60th Birthday
Terry Beddoes - on holiday in Anglesey
Buzz Bee - Checking out football grounds in the West Country, ready for next season!
Aggie Christie - Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
Bill Churchley - On holiday in Canada
Smokey Cole - Resident in Denmark
Mervyn Cowdrey - In the Rockies
Russ Epton - Daughter's wedding - Baked Beans on toast, anyone?
Dave Forshaw - in Singers
George Hubbard - Our Exotic Holidays Consultant, in Curaco, West Indies
Jones the Rocket - Dog show in Leeds
Ken Lewis - Resident in Canada
Gary Lucas - Resident in Australia
Steve MacMillan - Resident in New Zealand
Pincher Martin - Please choose one of my previous excuses - that should suffice!
Dave Palethorpe - On holiday in New Zealand
Pip Piper - Resident in Australia
Dave Redden - Daughter's wedding . In Las Vegas!
Ian Sheridan - Working in Saudi Arabia

Later in the evening we held our funds boosting raffle and once again some of our members rallied round and donated additional prizes, namely -

Percy Purcell - Bottle of Gin and a Bottle of Rum
Red Snape - Basket of Chilli based products
Bobby Charlton - Bottle of Lamb's Spiced Rum
Taff Coombs - Bottle Welsh Malt Whiskey
Ken Hinchliffe - Bottle of non-Welsh Whiskey
Jack Dawes - 2 Bottles of Port

And among the lucky winners were -

Jiff Lemmon - Ladies Handbag
Sonya Anderson - Ladies Watch and a basket with 2 Gin Glasses and a Bottle of Gin
Jack Guntrip - Gents Watch
Wendy Dunning - Ladies Purse
Jack Dawes - Heavy Gentlemans Wallet!
Steve Moffatt - Wifi Speaker
Kim Darker - Wifi Earbuds
Percy Purcell - Ladies Styling Brush
Ronnie Ronson - Bottle Lambs Rum and a Bottle of Kraken with a Polo shirt
Phil Southcott - Bottle Lambs Spiced Rum
Louise Purcell - Bottle of Welsh Whiskey
Andy McMain - Bottle of Port
Sarah Merritt - Cordless Screwdriver
Carl Wearn - Chilli items