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Its amazing how seeing "ooouuuuhhh erry" takes me right back to being a teenager again... Hello Gilly!
Smiling faces here, was that because we raided the WRAF block last night?
I originally thought we were the last entry to pass out with the green and yellow hatbands and apprentice propellors on our arms. I seem to remember that they told us to remove them in Jan of 74 but we complained enough to get them to allow us to keep them (and our senior entry lanyards!) till we passed out in Feb.
So far Chas (Taff) Meacock, Terry Flaherty,
Dave Codling, Alan Codling, Eric Parsons, Martyn (Cider) Perring, Paul Hirst, John (Tich) Prendegast, John "Nelly" Nelson,
Ciaran Martin, Mike Barth, David (Geordie) Pyne, Dixie Dean, Mike DaSilva, Allan Dallison, Furgus Grant, Ray Fair, Malcom Harrison, Jeff Christian, Steve Thompson, Steve Ferdenzi and Terry Hunt have checked in.
Dave Horton-Jones has been located but have not checked in yet. Adrian "Ozzy" Osbourne, Andy Hastings and Brian Duncan checked in but went awol
Unfortunately we have lost 4 of our number over the years, Paul Riddle (aka Mole, because of the way his eyes looked when he peered out from under the blankets in the morning) died in an motorbike accident at RAF Valley a year or so after graduation,
Trevor Card died from a heart condition in the early eighties whilst at Honnington and Steve Joyce died of a brain tumor in the late 80's shortly after leaving the mob, Ron (Seddy) Sedlicas passed away in 2012 in Canada.
You are not forgotton lads.
This was taken 2 weeks after we arrived, hence the sad faces.
I think we were all wondering what had hit us!
Rear: Malcom "H" Harrison, Steve Joyce
Front: Alan Codling, Dave Perry, David Codling
R+I Phase 2, somewhere in the hills of Welsh Wales..
Top Left picture from L to R are Fergus Grant (Fergy), Garry Frost (Frosty) , Steve Gilbert (Gilly), Ray Fair, Mike DaSilva (Dis) & Dave Emans
Top Center Andy, Gilly, Mal, Seddy ? Dixie
Top right, doing the Full Monty, Mal (Cobber) Teasdale
Bottom Left is Eric Parsons
Bottom Middle from L to R are Fergy, Ray fair, Wally Logan (ex 226) & Mike DaSilva (Dis)
Bottom right is Steve Gilbert (Gilly)
227 At play.. Alan Codling and Mike Barth, Sailing
Ahh the parades. This one was in London, I think for the President of Mexico
L-R:Chas Meacock, Dave Codling, Mike Barth, Alan Codling, Cieran Martin, Mike Dasilva, Terry Hunt, Alan Dallison,
Ray Fair, Dixie Dean, Terry Flaherty, John Prendegast, Steve Thompson, David Pine, Steve Ferdenzi.
Visiting Fulton Block, Terry Fly, Taff, Ray, Terry H, Steve
Geordie and Cieran
Geordy, Steve and Alan
Steve, Terry and Mike
Mike Barth and Cieran
Taff, David, Terry and Cieran
Ray Geordy, Steve and Cieran
Alan and Tich
Alan, Dave and Steve
Dave, Dis, Ray and Mike
Mike ALan, Dave and Steve
Dixie and Ray looking good, Terry fly working out how to chat up the Ladies, Steve wondering why.. Terry H drinking all the beer.. Taff holding the Camera
3am in the bar,
We partied like 18 year olds and woke up like 80 year olds....
Mike, Terry, Cieran, his wife, Terry, Dixie, Alan, Tich and Steve.
52 of us started on the 29th Feb 1972 and 39 graduated in 1974. 4 or 5 down-entries in our final number mean we lost almost 20 on the way.
However.. some of us got back classed which became 227D as there were no immediate entries behind us. known as the "Dirty Dozen" 227D were:-
Graham Tibbets (Tiddles)
Ian Huyton (Shag)
Kev Dickinson (Dicko)
Uggy? (ex 226)
Phil Wright (ex 226)