March 19, 2016
The 'Class' of 1956
(a mini reunion)

Saturday March 19th saw the class of' '56 gather in the RMA club Deal for the long awaited reunion. Some 25 members of that year's intake came together with their ladies from far and wide to swing the lamp and roll back the years. Also present were invited guests, one of whom, Graham Hoskins, did us the honour of giving a highly entertaining speech.

Dickie Valentine made it all the way from New York via North Wales, Hull and swung by his old home (one of them) at Foston nr Grantham, well done Dickie. There were messages from Mike Hickman and much applause and cheering on the announcement that he had put £50 behind the bar. A glass was raised in your honour Mike. Good wishes were also sent from Mick Goss, Malcolm Kennard, Frank Dominey and from New Zealand, Max Beare. Thanks gents. Sue Cornish put on a magnificent spread which will go down as possibly the best table I have seen at any reunion. OUTSTANDING!! The raffle raised £250 for the RMCTF and a cheque was presented to Col Nick Grace at the "ALL STARS" concert on Sunday. Thanks to all those who gave prizes or put their hard earned cash in lieu. Finally, a massive thank you to everyone, it is YOU that made the evening go with a swing, especially Stan and Phil who ran the raffle, also the the memsahib, Erica and Audrey Sykes who twisted your arms to buy tickets.

I can attempt most of the names but the full head count
would be appreciated and I will update in due course.

John Alford and Barry Radford

Mitch Booth, Rodney Williamson & Stan Puttrell

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