The Adelaide Reunion 2012

Once again the Adelaide reunion has been and gone. Why are the years so short now. Glenelg, South Australia was again the venue for the gathering of ex RMBs and we had a great weekend. It did seem to pass so quickly but for those of us who were there it was great to catch up again. Those present were:

Tony Oberdries from NZ, Mike Thompson (known to his bugler mates as TOMMO II) John Meir, Ray (Taff) Taylor, Ralph Payne who retired from RMB in 1954, Ginge Chamberlain, who had managed to keep his rams away from his 5000 sheep, I kid you not, Barrie Baker, Pat Trevis, Bob Chumley, and of course the one and only Capt Tom Lambert who although very tired was able to join us for the official lunch on the Saturday. Also joining us for the first time was Kevin Hillier Ex RAN Band,who did his training at the RMSM in Deal and is therefore one of us.
Apologies were received from several of our stalwarts, Bill Mathews, Jim Mason, and Maxie Beare among them.
When I am able I will send a Photo, but must confess that I don't know how to do that so will await my better half to arrive home.

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Our weekend started with the usual meet and greet on Friday 30th which was once again held in the Dining room of our motel with food to feed an army. Of course the bar open was also open.

Saturday 31st after photos we were Piped aboard the replica of HMS Buffalo by Cadets of the RAN and enjoyed a wonderfull lunch. The toast to Absent Friends was proposed by Tom Lambert. He unfortunately had to leave shortly after because he was so tired. He has gone through a bad stretch recently having lost his dear wife on Boxing Day and now in a full care facility. But as he said,"he made it". After the Loyal Toast a letter received from the PDM was read to the silent assembly, with a cheer on hearing the last few words which indicated that PDM would at some time attend our reunion.

Tom then indicated that he would have to leave and on doing so received three rousing cheers which he thanked us all for and wished us all well. So much more I could tell but the weekend was over after the Sunday BBQ and the reading of Paddy's Poem and Jan and I had to dash off back to Bendigo so that she would then be able to attend a family funeral.

Adelaide now awaits we ex RMBs to arrive in 2013 for the next reunion of ex RMBs. I hate to stress the point but for those who have not yet attended, well you really don't know what you have missed. But just so that you may be able to join us, well the first weekend in APRIL 2013 has been booked. So, see you there.

Eric Hayward (RMB/X3051)

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