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Thanks to the local newspapers round the country printing my recent letters about HMS 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 eighties, like those who served back to the 1940s, and many from the 1950s, 60’s through to the 1980s.

A superb reunion weekend has now been arranged for next April and is already booking. This is for those who served at HMS 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 HMS Cavalier which will be open to the public. The reunion includes entry to Chatham Historic Dockyard and its exhibitions.

An added bonus and a delight, is to hear from the sons and daughters with tales and photos. And to answer a common question, yes we would like those photos or good copies for our archives and for the nostalgic displays at the reunion.

For details of the HMS Collingwood Association, and the reunion, contact the Membership Secretary Peter Lacey, Heathfield, Lapford, Crediton, Devon EX17 6PZ or email him placey58@btinternet.com and please mention this newspaper.

The same deal applies to this letter as the previous ones, 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 Newspaper’?

Mike Crowe

Chairman

Heath Road, Lake

Sandown

Isle of Wight

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Mike Crowe. Chairman

7 Heath Road

Lake

Sandown