read the wonderful report by our co-organiser, there is little more
that I can add. However being a Kiwi, I can find a few words in admiration.
Yes we all assembled in Glenelg and used the occasion to eat drink and
be merry. Good grief! Just how many names were quoted over that weekend
is anyone's guess, so if your ears burned or felt the warmth it was
us reminiscing from the year dot to date.
What a thrill to meet up with John Thorne after all these years, and
to continue the handshakes etc, we escorted him back to NZ where he
was over-whelmed with the sights and sounds of Silverdale and area,
we managed, Goat Is. and the Marine reserve, the Gannet colony at Murawai,
had a day trip to Katikati in the Bay of Plenty, and met up with Jan
Kessell and Ken Collis who in the dim distant past had a ship with John,
the HMS Ocean, so after 4 hours of continual chat, we simply had to
move on and back to Silverdale a journey of some 3 hours. We also managed
a Church service at the local Salvation Army.
However back to Adelaide, and the surprise visit of John Wood, as explained
in Eric’s missive. Here I must mention the poem composed by our
resident Irish Poet, and enclosed separately for your enjoyment, (but
put on the Irish accent), not like Col. Jim, Geordie/Irish.
You may now have guessed that the mention of the attractions around
Silverdale, were not without a cause, you see, the murmurs at the Reunion
were to the effect that perhaps the 2013 event could be here in NZ,
we certainly can produce all the accommodation necessary, the local
RSA, could also be available for meals etc, also the RMA have agreed
to assist, and of course NZ will deliver on all aspects of a Kiwi holiday?
I have spoken with Vince Harris and Jim Roots who would be only to happy
to assist with all transport and other requirements, so BROTHERS its
over to you, an expression of interest from anyone would be a guide
for us, we are all noted on the Band Web Site, so go for it, we look
forward to showing one and all, the beautiful home of the All Blacks!
now Kia Ora,
S. Maxie Beare RMB x 2234