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2009

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Paul Bissett

Day One - Friday DTS

The weekend began in the bar of the Llandoger Trow with a few shipmates having a nice quiet few wets as more shippers arrived from both Yarmouth and Danae and in true DTS style it continued well into the early evening and around 1800 it became obvious that many had to leg it to get ready for the 1900 evening start.

Friday Evening

The Evening got off to a good start and many turned up wearing Polo Shirts with either Yarmouth or Dane Ships Crest over the the left breast, with the exception of yours truly with a huge black cat having had a Polo Shirt with BOTH ships crest displayed, having served on both ships I could not necessarily favour one, and in typical matelot style many there stoked my chest and mutter something like 'blackcattintwat'. Ships Company's got on very well and all including wives and partners were seen to be enjoying the occasion with the wine, beer and spirits disappearing down necks like it was the last bar in town. At this point I must apologise for some of the photos taken over the weekend as my camera was shiters. Colin Cameron (Yarmouth) produced a bottle and organised a 1 a tot with proceeds to charity, needless to say the bottle last but a few seconds. Chin wagging and sing songs followed only to be brought to an abrupt end by the almost invisible bar staff and bouncer that obviously loved his job and didn't realise or possible  care that if it wasn't for customers like us he wouldn't have a job............. twat.

Unperturbed we vacated the Famous Royal Naval Volunteer never to return and visited the hostelry directly opposite where our sheckles were as good as all others and oodles of the golden nectar was duly consumed. The locals were quite friendly even to the degree that a young female personage was not put off by being asked if she would like to view the nether regions of a Danae crew member. Me being a fine upstanding rating turned away from such behaviour and visited the heads, during which time whilst draining the tanks the said female personage along with another of similar bearing came into the heads sat down and vented her tanks without so much as a by your leave, muttering something about too long a queue in the Ladies.

From there it was big eats and home for me, although others did continue on, and Sooty Sutcliffe having tried several times to tap in his access code to his digs in a brick someway away from the actual panel, was assisted by a huge Canadian Sailor, who asked if he was alright, Sooty replied I feel a bit under the weather (Shiters) .............. In all a great day and a good practice for Saturday.

Day Two - Saturday Evening

This evening started at 1800 when I was able to pick up the HMS Yarmouth perry buoy cover from Dicky Davies (Danae) who's time and effort in organising this made it possible to have both Ships Covers prominently displayed at the entrance to the venue, and they looked the dogs b*****ks..... It is hoped that the Perry Bouy and its Cover will be at the entrance to all future reunion venues.. and when a joint venture with the Danae both will be on display. A big thank you to Dicky for making this possible.
The main event started at 1900 at the Flying Fox with most arriving at that time although Trixie Treece (Yarmouth & Danae) and his party found the only the rag head cab driver in Bristol that had to ask for directions.
This evening started at 1800 when I was able to pick up the HMS Yarmouth perry buoy cover from Dicky Davies (Danae) who's time and effort in organising this made it possible to have both Ships Covers prominently displayed at the entrance to the venue, and they looked the dogs b*****ks. So a big thank you to Dicky for this.
The main event started at 1900 at the Flying Fox with most arriving at that time although Trixie Treece (Yarmouth & Danae) and his party found the only the rag head cab driver in Bristol that had to ask for directions.
The Food - A Cold Fork Buffet was excellent and plentiful with many having seconds especially the figgy duff. Paul Bissett MC'd the event with his dulcet Scottish tone ringing in our ears throughout the raffle and the auction of 3 bottles, the 1st was a bottle of Woods won by Sooty Sutcliffe (Yarmouth) with a bid of 56, the 2nd a Bottle of Pussers won By Buck Rodgers (Danae) with a bid of 80, and the 3rd a Bottle of Snow Grouse won by Carl guest of Jimmy Hodgson (Danae) with a bid of 50. Prizes for the Raffle, Auction and 1 a tot were generously donated by members or both Crews and all proceeds will be donated to Help For Heroes.
Much supping and dancing took place and the Danae boys Jimmy Hodgson, Dave Power and Jim Davies were to the fore dancing with each other or on their own not giving a monkies that it is usual to dance with the ladies................ Jack being Jack I suppose.
The only criticism I have (if it is one) is that the beer was not on draught, however the "tinnies" were endless and at the right temperature to throw down the neck and at cheap prices, then of course the inevitable tot of Pussers almost every time I attempted to buy a drink.
The end of the evening came and farewells were said and promises made to do it all again, the invites up homers to Spain and France will get serious consideration. and to Tracey Bissett thank you very much, of course we'll drop in when we are passing California.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU

 

Money's raised at Reunion

 
  1 a Tot

27.00

 
  Raffle 202.00  
  Bottle auctions 186.00  
  Donation of refunds 60.00  
  Total 475.00  

The donation will be made once I have established the best way of doing it, as last time we were able to get it matched by the bank in which it was paid, but with the current banking crises this may not be a possibility. I will keep you all up to date on progress.

 

Message from Sooty Sutcliffe on Sunday morning, having woken up on a bridge somewhere in Bristol having heard running water ............. "Has anyone seen a bottle of Woods ...?..."

 

 

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