89 Entry RAF College Cranwell Reunions
40th anniversary Re-union - 2003
& 1988 Re-union
Thanks to Peter, who instigated and organised the reunion, the 40th anniversary of "89" entering Cranwell was incredibly successful and brought many old friends together. The immediate result was not only to relight old friendships, but to ensure that these friendships continue into our old age.
As a result of the reunion we created a web site to ensure that the old buggers, brought up on 50's communication techniques, stay in communication using the new millennium techniques. I guess this proves that we are not really old buggers - yet! We just look it!!
89 Entry RAF College Cranwell 2003
[I would have liked to have provided a caption that named everyone in the photograph, but there are two faces I cannot put a name too - I'm offering a pint to anyone who can name everyone!]
If you wish to copy the photo or take a closer look (for the pint!) - click on the photograph
PS - How did that young choir boy get in the picture? (Front row - 3rd from the left)
There's not a lot to report other than we had a thoroughly enjoyable time - drank a lot - reminisced a lot - ate a lot - laughed a lot - and even admired the cadets of today (especially those lovely girly ones - imagine one of them in the next room? - No! - It's probably a court martial offence, and any way you're too old)!
Oh! .... And "C" Squadron won again (didn't we always?) - We had the highest turnout - 10! - And were the best looking!
I'm not sure how to pitch this site? So I'll let it roll and gauge the reaction!
I'm starting it as a photo gallery since writing never was my strong point. You guys can supply the stories and the pictures. If you have any old pics of your Cranwell days, or your more exciting intermediate days - scan them (as big as you can) and email them to me with captions. I'm sure we'll all be interested (Especially if she's pretty with outstanding features - don't send us any grotties! - take a look in the "Archives" section - you'll see Pooky and me with a couple of LTC lovelies - anyone recognise them - I don't - and she's on my knee!)
This site contains some pics taken at the re-union by me, Ian Robertson & Dave Harlow, if you have any please send them in for publication .....
Remembering our fallen comrades
Sadly 89's first loss, Martin Barents, lays in Cranwell village cemetery where we buried him with full military honours back in 1964, so we decided to honour him and the rest of our fallen comrades at his grave.
Peter laying the wreath at Martin's grave commemorating our 12 friends who didn't make it this far. They and their families would be proud to know that the CAS would honour them in this way.
The wreath was dedicated as follows....
The wreath laying was followed by individual crosses, each bearing the individuals name and details, being laid by one of the their comrades, whilst Peter read out the roll of honour.
Chris Saunby laying Paul Cooper's cross whilst Chel Hibbert waits to lay one for Roge Thomas
After the commemoration 89 returned to the College for lunch before departing...
However in true 89 style it wasn't to be as simple as that - someone decided to set fire to the College whilst we were lunching.....
Whilst all this was going on Flt Lt Dick Shuster AFC, RAFVR with his Personal Pilot, Flight Cadet Les Quigley (Rtd)
Took off for home - Dick took this last photo of Cranwell as we headed North
40 minutes later we landed at Linton-on-Ouse to be welcomed by the Fire section again!
Had they heard about us from their colleague's at Cranwell?
A superb end to a superb weekend
Thanks again Peter for arranging it
We must do it again!
The 1988 Reunion
Malc Caygill, Ian Johnson, Colin Lovegrove, Barry Chalkley, Paul Buckland, Henry Middleton,
Pete Crispin, Ron Shimmons, Alan Ferguson, Nigel Griffiths, Pete Squire, Ron Kennet, Black Robertson,
Vince Yates, Dick Northcote, Roger Cresswell, Allan Macdonald, Chris Gardiner, Jerry Pook,
Dave Archbold, Chris Saunby, Dave Foulger, Les Quigley, Ian Robertson