TO REUNION OR NOT TO REUNION
THAT IS THE QUESTION
By Mike Webber
and old alike must realise that the vast majority of ex RMBs joined
the service aged between 14 and 16yrs of age and served on average
for some 17 years. Memory allows us to go back quite accurately to
the day we joined up! Time and events prior to this are patchy to
say the least. One thing is a certain outcome "Out of the boy
grows the man we are today!!" Many of us will remember parading
to collect our Ten Shillings (50p) of which Two & Sixpence was
sent home to Mum. Being a ( W ) I paraded longer than most!!!! I never
met any 'rich' bandboys! These deprivations shared led to many lifetime
friendships. Space deprivation aboard ships solidified these friendships.
I still remember vividly the first time I visited the 'heads' up forward
on H.M.S. Maidstone with no doors on the loos!!!
3: 2.5% of each Cat IV gig allocated direct to the Reunion fund. You will all note that all the above is based on Cat IV gigs.
Think how much EVERY bandsman has 'donated' to various causes during his career? Five and Six figure sums will be common! Think how many Banquets, Mess dinners etc each musician has contributed his talents to during his service career?
or a combination of the above ideas will, ensure that reunions now
and ad infinitum will be funded fairly and adequately and will ensure
that future reunions will forevermore, be a 'NIGHT TO REMEMBER'.
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