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  The Orkney Branch of the Royal Naval Association meets on the Third

  Thursday of every month. On alternate months the meetings are held
  in the Royal British Legion Clubs Kirkwall and Stromness.
  Please see the notice below for the date and venue of the next meeting.

Memories page. Closing of the Hole in t' wall bar Gibraltar.

The Vault HMS Royal Oak story and video have been moved to the vault.

Also still there the three preserved ships HMS Cavalier, HM Submarine Ocelot and HMS Belfast.

To keep the space on the front page up to date with current information older items will be passed down into the cellar vault for archiving. Press the Vault button, but beware the steps are slippery and the floor is damp, watch out for the spiders and rats and if you stay too long the musty smell will linger on your clothing.

Statement by the Chairman. “During the past 6 months our Branch has been debating the use of plastic wreaths being laid over ship wreck sites. Our conclusion is that plastic wreaths shall only be laid at the ship’s memorial on land and the use of bio- degradable poppy petals to be cast into the waters directly above wreck site”. However we do not form an opinion on other parties who lay plastic wreaths. David Hughes [chairman]

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L to R. Mr Walter Crosbie, Mrs Celia Green and Mr Ken Bannerman Chairman, Trustee and Founder of the charity 'Airfields Of Britain Conservation Trust'.

Shipmate Ian MacDonald played the Lament while wreaths were laid during the ceremony of remembrance at the Vanguard memorial Lyness War Graves Cemetery.

Vanguard memorial.

A rare photo of a PO and CPO smiling

PO and Chief smiling

This little skit by Bird and Fortune is brilliant, a must watch to the end. OK it's a couple of years old now but still very funny and dare I say still relevant.

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Now it depends on where your loyalties lie which one of these you deem to be the truest statement. Or you may feel both have equal merit?

Well, Well how I remember those Friday afternoon divisions and faces and places from the past. The married quarters, the back lane, the Golden Lion and Red Lion (The Beast). I had the chance on several occasions to show a few visitors around Southwick House.

Anyway my concern is did the officer at 30sec every find the person who was absent and unaccounted for??? Naughty to skiving off divisions, Oh hang on a minute??

As an added bonus to the above I can remember (Although I can't remember his name) The Captian, who was a keen horseman wanted to do a divisions on horseback. This work out well whilst doing the inspections but as he took up post by the saluting dias for the march past the Royal Marine Band struck up with Hearts of Oak, the horse reared up on it's hind legs and legged it down the road with the skipper and out of sight. Well you can imagine the reaction from the parade ground. Even the band had to stop playing (Or found it impossible). Step forward the
1st Lt who brought us all to order and the march passed took place with him taking the salute. I think everyone including the captain found it funny. And you know what he never tried it again.

Here is a short advert to encourage people to learn English

Even if you have seen it before it always raises a laugh and as an ex Coastguard myself those very words can send a shiver up your spine.

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