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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Dione Venables at BFBS Part 1144 viewsAutobiography of Dione's time at BFBS 1969-79.

Part 1

By kind permission of Dione Venables - Copyright © 2019
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Cunard Hovercraft in Grand Harbour, 1967144 viewsBetween 24 February 1967 and 10 May 1967, Cunard's RMS Sylvania carried British Hovercraft Corporation's SRN-6 type hovercraft 024 on board during her cruises in the Mediterranean from Gibraltar. The BHC was trying to interest the governments of various countries bordering the Mediterranean in purchasing hovercraft, and to give government officials a practical demonstration of the hovercraft's capabilities. It was put into the water, using the ship's gear, at various ports and sent on demonstration runs. The hovercraft was not there to provide sight-seeing trips for cruise passengers, although occasional short trips for passengers were made 'around the bay' between the official runs. The venture proved unsuccessful and was not repeated.

Photo : Cunard Line
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Never trust a Pongo142 viewsSome great Malta stories HERE. Thanks to Jan Meecham.

Type Malta into his search box when you've read this one.

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Air Malta142 viewsAd no.4 from 1974admin
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Floriana Methodist Sunday School and RN bus, 1960141 viewsAbout six RN buses picked up from all over the island to take willing (and less willing) worshippers to Sunday School and Church every week. Parents could travel on the bus but quite a few vicariously preferred to pack the blessed lambs off by themselves. The Padre was an RN chaplain so was presumably able to persuade the transport garage to think of higher things.

Photo : unattributed - please advise admin if you know the owner.
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Wembley Weather 4141 viewsRAF Luqa during WW2

Photo : copyright Ⓒ Flt Lt B Sharman (on left) 1929-2004 - see HIS MEMOIRS
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Looking for that elusive present...139 views...for him/her who has everything?

What about a Xarabanc ?

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Their Royal Highnesses at the Dockyard Church 138 viewsPost-war venue. This closed when Baileys took over the yard in 1961.

See also DAVID SPEAR

Copyright © David Spear 2022
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Empire134 viewsTroopship "Empire Fowey"Military Brat
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Uniform photos 2127 viewsBruce Williams writes : These photos were hanging on the wall of the Language Lab and were found by former deputy head of Liceo Vassalli, Marc Spiteri.
They're from the mid-seventies, showing correct summer uniform (no badges, shirt hanging out - but long sox ??).
Left - Chris Snow. Centre - David North [Dep Head Boy 1976-77]. Right - Jez Taylor.
See Purple Gallery at Bruce's TH BLOGSPOT
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RFA Empire Gull [L3513] 126 viewsRFA Empire Gull was a landing ship of The Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
She was affectionately known as the "Black Pig" and was one of
the last serving LSTs.
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PDF Athletics Day 1969 - from Mike Wynne126 viewsClick here for TH Athletics 1969SC-UK
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©125 views60 years, seems like yesterday.

© Valerie Easter/Snowdon/Shutler
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Sports Days 1954 & 55 at St Andrew's Army School123 viewsStarring Bernard Derrickadmin
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NAAFI St James' Cavalier121 viewsHow many of you remember the long flight of stairs up to the shop.
St James' Cavalier is now a cultural centre and art gallery known as a Spazju Kreattiv (Maltese for Creative Space).
Photo taken late 50s early 60s complete with naval Tilley (Bedford Utilicon van).

See also Wiki
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Stamp cover to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Malta's George Cross119 viewsTo mark the 80th anniversary of Malta's George Cross BFPS has produced, in conjunction with the George Cross Island Association (GCIA), a commemorative cover to be issued on the 15th of April 2022.

The covers can be ordered from the BFPS online shop or by post by sending a cheque (payable to ‘BFPS CIC’) to BFPS, The Old Post Office, Links Place, Elie, LEVEN, KY9 1AX

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Air Malta118 viewsAd no.2 from 1974admin
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