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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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3rd Sept 2016797 viewsLinda Cottam, Sylvia Houghton, Carla Sinson and Helen Male at the Bath reunion. They were at Tal Handaq from 1973-76.

Susan Merryweather
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Safi Youth Club 1978834 viewsMylene Abdilla and Sean Becket SAFI Youth Club 1978Kevin PerkinSep 04, 2016
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Safi Youth Club 1978831 viewsKevin PerkinSep 04, 2016
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Safi Youth Club 1978810 viewsKevin PerkinSep 04, 2016
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Safi Youth Club 19781055 viewsHeidi Hipperson and Debbie Smeeton2 commentsKevin PerkinSep 04, 2016
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Kevin Perkin and William Jefferson aka Jaffa 19771108 viewsOn the roof of my house Cart Wheel, Tal Papa Road, Birzebbuga Summer of 1977Kevin PerkinSep 04, 2016
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Air Spies of Malta416 viewsRipping yarn set in the 40s in a school rather like Verdala. In fact a Verdala with public school boarders. Think of Biggles, Famous Five, Jennings and Boys' Own all rolled together and set in Malta.

Who was Peter Jackson? He must have known Verdala (it wasn't Peter Prictoe, I asked him).

A search on www.bookfinder.com reveals plenty of copies available. (Thanks to Chris Barber for that info). Also on ebay from time to time. Much cheaper without a dustjacket.
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Verdala closes - 40 years ago610 viewsThe Dolphin & Eagle (forces families newspaper Malta) carried the following article on 30 July 1976, headed simply :-

ZKJ2

"The Service Children's School Verdala closed on Wednesday 14 July, for the third time in its history. The Assembly held in the school that morning was therefore a rather special one for the children, staff, parents and guests. The Flag Officer Malta, Rear Admiral O.N.A. Cecil, accepted an invitation to be present and and kindly consented to present the awards.

For most of the forenoon a special signal hoist 'ZKJ2' was flying from the palm tree, meaning 'I am closing down this circuit'. A very sad moment arrived when that signal was executed at 1255"
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On This Day 587 viewsLt George Carroll - Hero of Mosta - died 23 May 2012

Lt Carroll (pictured left) is believed to have been responsible for tackling more unexploded bombs than any other Royal Engineers bomb disposal officer in World War II, across all theatres of war.

Remarkably, he was the only bomb disposal officer from the Army, Navy and Air Force active during the siege of Malta not to be decorated, though this did not bother him.

See TIMES OF MALTA

And UXB MALTA
adminMay 22, 2016
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Things are looking UP !!822 viewsThe building of the huge 38-storey tower proposed by the Gasan Group is set to have a dramatic impact on views enjoyed by pedestrians strolling along Ghar id-Dud, the Sliema promenade, apart from breaking the skyline when viewed from as far away as Rinella Bay in Kalkara.

See THIS PAGE
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Another mess 'do' - HMS Falcon, Hal Far 1950s501 viewsWith my parents Olive and Len Reed.

Sue Lewis
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Birzebuggia Xmas party c1952441 viewsMe in plaits. 'Waiters' in uniform.

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Bridesmaid396 viewsAs bridesmaid at a family friend Wren's wedding Kalafrana 1950s.

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"St George" Pretty Bay566 viewsWhere the Reed family lived 1950-3.

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Leonard Reed344 viewsMy father Len Reed in the garden at St George, Pretty Bay c1951.

Sue Lewis
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Hal Far - HMS Falcon384 viewsMy father Leonard Reed second from right c1951.

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Mess Ball - Hal Far?403 viewsMy parents and pals.

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Slippery customer on slip.496 viewsKalafrana 1950

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Pretty Bay party c1952470 viewsSue Lewis (nee Reed)SC-UKApr 25, 2016
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Hal Far - HMS Falcon392 viewsMy father Len Reed was in the Royal Navy when he became in charge of a small unit of the Fleet Air Arm at Hal Far in 1950-53. I think he went up in planes fixing electrical faults connected with the radios and communications. (He didn't care much for that part !)

Sue Lewis
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Buschetto Gardens 1952386 viewsMe in centre.

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Pathe News clip506 viewsPlay video clip HERE (click on orange word)

For nine more clips of the Royal visit search youtube for British Pathe Queen in Malta 1954.
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267 viewsBritannia escorted by the Med Fleet en route to Malta.SC-UKApr 20, 2016
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236 viewsHM the Queen and TRHs Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince Charles in a special enclosure on Britannia's bridge.SC-UKApr 20, 2016
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Suggestions for ship names welcome.....266 viewsSC-UKApr 20, 2016
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Suggestions for ship names welcome..... 242 viewsSC-UKApr 20, 2016
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Three cheers257 viewsSuggestions for ship names welcome..... SC-UKApr 20, 2016
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Destroyers in line ahead escorting Britannia233 viewsSuggestions for ship names welcome..... SC-UKApr 20, 2016
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Land ho !250 viewsA future Royal sailor

Sorry for camera shake
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A perfect gentleman227 viewsPrince Charles gives his sister Princess Anne a helping hand as they leave the Hotel PhoeniciaSC-UKApr 20, 2016
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Philip and Louis play polo248 viewsCharles and Anne accompanied the Queen to watch their father play polo at the Marsa polo ground. HRH played for the Navy team against the Army for the Rundle Cup and scored once.

HM presented the Cup to Admiral Mountbatten and trophies to the other seven players.
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En route to the Marsa....233 views....to watch the polo match.SC-UKApr 20, 2016
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