The Adelaide Reunion 2011
A Max Beare observation
Paddy's Poem

Having 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!

For now Kia Ora,

Bernard S. Maxie Beare RMB x 2234

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