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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.

Last comments - Ivan
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Memoir - Peter Keddie225 viewsClick here to view

Screen name Pbked, Tal Handaq 1962-65
2 commentsSC-UK07/14/21 at 11:18Ivan: That was very interesting. Thanks for posting it. ...
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Inside the Pit 2005299 viewsRemove all the furniture and it looks just the same. I especially remember the opening at the end with bars in it. That was the only ventilation we had!1 commentsmikew02/01/21 at 13:42Ivan: How very nice! I enjoyed my couple of hours in the...
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The Pit entrance tunnel 2005224 viewsThe tunnel fitted with all mod cons, handrail, steps, adequate lighting. Still damp though! but presumably not with the sweat of a lot of dancing teenagers.1 commentsmikew02/01/21 at 13:36Ivan: A handrail? Good idea for the reason you state, bu...
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The entrance to the Pit 2005143 viewsI took this photo when we went back on the 2005 reunion visit. It was then the Castille Wine Vaults. It was closed at the time but I managed to get in and take some photos which will follow on from this one. Ivan, (author of a previous photo) I hope they are of interest. 1 commentsmikew02/01/21 at 13:34Ivan: That looks very inviting!
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Videos from 2005 before demolition272 viewsA reminder to view Bruce Williams' TH website and watch videos donated by Lynn Mentiply.

The blue link should land on Bruce's video page, then scroll down the page. There are five to watch not including the one at the foot of the page which is not playing.

Be sure to check out the rest of his site via the Home button in the photo of Bruce near the top of his page.
2 commentsadmin10/02/20 at 09:29Ivan: This is a wonderful site. Many happy hours have be...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952917 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect01/13/20 at 10:09Ivan: For anyone who reads this in time, and who may be ...
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Making a comeback135 viewsNewly restored buses for hire from Malta Bus Co-op

See also THIS ONE

1 commentsadmin01/05/20 at 13:24Ivan: That is a fine photograph. What a good idea; I wis...
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2019147 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin12/25/19 at 08:16Ivan: And Merry Christmas to you, too, Admin - and to al...
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From the archives - 50 years on.306 viewsThe name of the school was changed from RNS TH to SCS TH in 1969 (Service Children's School), though it continued to be administered by the Royal Navy. All other service schools in Malta then came under the remit of the RN, Captain HC Malkin (Headmaster 1966 - 1970) being appointed the first OiC Service Schools, Malta & Naples.

Photo : Evan Potts
2 commentsadmin12/12/19 at 08:14Ivan: Nice to see a plural noun with the correct use of ...
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All the best from Farsons 167 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin12/06/19 at 11:40Ivan: Lovely stuff! If I recall correctly in the mid-60s...
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Aerial view mid-60s410 viewsCompare with the layout plan HERE

The corrugated-roofs were Romney huts (not Nissen huts except no.3 on the coloured plan, bottom left, which was).
2 commentsadmin11/24/19 at 08:33Ivan: Two very interesting illustrations, thank you! On ...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952917 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/06/19 at 07:59Ivan: Yes, lots of weaknesses in the film, but the shots...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952917 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/05/19 at 14:03Ivan: I always thought Alec Guinness was mis-cast in his...
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Triton Fountain 1960s214 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadmin11/03/19 at 08:12Ivan: Well done, admin! A very nice contrast with the tw...
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1740 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
9 commentsMartin Powell01/24/16 at 11:14Ivan: Sad news. I have spent hours on this site looking ...
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The Egyptian Queen © 423 viewsHas been gentrified. As it was.
Corner of Old Theatre Street with Strait Street.
1 commentsPrefect10/30/15 at 09:26Ivan: Well, would you believe it...! But glad to...
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Viscounts at Luqa427 views1 commentsPrefect08/07/15 at 15:56Ivan: Plus (from L to R), RAF Handley Page Hastings, RAF...
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Jessie's Bar500 viewsMuch patronised by the occupants of the barracks, the walls were covered in military photos and memorabilia.
From Bruce Williams.
1 commentsPrefect05/21/15 at 10:30Ivan: I never went there, but the plaque is a very touch...
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CrabAir Comet C.4460 viewsLast flight into Luqa 25 June 1975 prior to disposal.2 commentsPrefect04/25/15 at 18:00Ivan: RAF Comet 4C XR399. ex-Air Support Command, ex-Tra...
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HMS Tudor 1956438 viewsHere endeth the T Class.
RFA War Hindoo right.
2 commentsPrefect04/22/15 at 15:41Ivan: Once again, this series has been fascinating. What...
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HMS Templar 1946398 viewsT Class4 commentsPrefect04/15/15 at 17:51Ivan: I think I might regret this comment, Prefect, but ...
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Thames 3037 at the Ferry531 views5 commentsPrefect02/04/15 at 21:35Ivan: Now, that’s how I remember it, although the truck ...
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HMS Fierce 1948350 viewsAlgerine Class. Flotilla leader 2nd MSF with a Vice Admiral embarked.3 commentsPrefect01/09/15 at 08:19Ivan: I agree with fifla1973. I know aeroplanes but know...
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Barracca Garrison Chapel & School482 viewsBuilt by RE 1856. Later St George Garrison Church. Now the Stock Exchange.

The crypt later used for the Pit.
4 commentsPrefect12/28/14 at 17:04Ivan: Health & Safety hadn’t been invented then, but I d...
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Barracca Garrison Chapel & School482 viewsBuilt by RE 1856. Later St George Garrison Church. Now the Stock Exchange.

The crypt later used for the Pit.
4 commentsPrefect12/28/14 at 13:21Ivan: Even more important than the august pedigree noted...
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2 site NAAFI or is it?881 viewsThe building in question is in the middle of the shot and I took the picture from down the road going away from the building at about 7:30.2 commentsfifla197311/27/14 at 12:24Ivan: fifla1973 - thanks for that. You're right, th...
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Luqa 2 site Sick Quarters or NAAFI?814 viewsAlthough this photo shows clearly a Sick Quarters I am not sure this wasn't the NAAFI in 1973; any ideas? 1 commentsfifla197311/25/14 at 17:55Ivan: Still fascinated by all these photos of 2 Site. Us...
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Len Moscrop and Cathy Stephenson Kalafrana 19731115 viewsThis was taken in July 1973 at the Sgt's mess part of Kalafrana beach club. Amazing that there were Officers' , Sgts' and other ranks' beaches. My Dad was a corporal, my best mate's Dad was a Flt Sgt and our Girlfriends' Dads were officers and believe it or not I was asked to leave the Sgt's' beach because of the rank of my Dad; no wonder I am a socialist!7 commentsfifla197311/20/14 at 09:11Ivan: I couldn't say, I've never used or seen ...
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Len Moscrop and Cathy Stephenson Kalafrana 19731115 viewsThis was taken in July 1973 at the Sgt's mess part of Kalafrana beach club. Amazing that there were Officers' , Sgts' and other ranks' beaches. My Dad was a corporal, my best mate's Dad was a Flt Sgt and our Girlfriends' Dads were officers and believe it or not I was asked to leave the Sgt's' beach because of the rank of my Dad; no wonder I am a socialist!7 commentsfifla197311/20/14 at 07:14Ivan: Thanks for that. Instructions copied and saved! I ...
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Len Moscrop and Cathy Stephenson Kalafrana 19731115 viewsThis was taken in July 1973 at the Sgt's mess part of Kalafrana beach club. Amazing that there were Officers' , Sgts' and other ranks' beaches. My Dad was a corporal, my best mate's Dad was a Flt Sgt and our Girlfriends' Dads were officers and believe it or not I was asked to leave the Sgt's' beach because of the rank of my Dad; no wonder I am a socialist!7 commentsfifla197311/19/14 at 18:23Ivan: Quite. Have a look at my comments - Tal Handaq, 19...
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Luqa 2 Site Sgt's Mess?696 viewsI believe this was the Sgt's mess. The picture taken from roughly the NAAFI building on 9th October 20154 commentsfifla197311/19/14 at 08:39Ivan: I recall coming back from Valletta on Saturday nig...
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Luqa 2 site Tennis Courts and Flats709 viewsThese tennis courts were well used by us budding Rod Lavers at the time. The flats are the blocks overlooking the primary school playground on the other side. Photo taken from roughly the school bus stop on 9th October 2014.7 commentsfifla197311/18/14 at 17:50Ivan: 1 Site was the main site for RAF Luqa (entrance at...
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