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We met first for a photo-opportunity on a freezing Friday morning, which concluded with a temporary embarkation in HMS Buffalo, a properly designed replica of a British Warship c.1850s. Coffee was served and the lamps started to swing. Who said coincidences were always rigged. A couple sitting very close to us stopped Maxie Beare as we left and asked if we really were a group of ex Royal Marine Bandsmen. She, it turned out, was the sister in law of Bandmaster Ken Keast, known to almost all of us for one reason or another. Extraordinary! That evening we all met in what must be one of the best bistros in the world, where you "pays yer money and takes yer choice", time and time again, and the quality of the tucker was as high as you would want. Needless to say, though the teeth never stopped chomping, the tongues never stopped wagging either.
following day was rather special. We were all piped over the side of HMS
Buffalo, courtesy of a very smart cadets side party. By now, the weather
had turned around to become a typical Adelaide early summer day. We had
drinks on the upper deck then lunch in the restaurant. No "Cooks"
duties for anyone on this occasion, excellent food and service and still
the tongues wagged. As one would expect there were several
day was brought to a close with a few quiet glasses at my house. What
a marvelous experience it had been and in our "wash-up" we determined
to repeat the process next year at the same time, that is to say 17th,
18th, 19th November. Anyone contemplating coming to Australia for any
reason please hoist in those dates and see if it is possible to work your
visit around them.
PS: Eric Hayward and Bob Chumley are the two great mainstays who made this all come together. Thank you both for creating memories, great times and the template for the next time.