HMS Illustrious 1982 – 2014

From Ian Stirton Smith:

“I have a copy of a book titled ‘HMS Illustrious (V) 1982 – 2014 The Royal Navy’s Longest Serving Aircraft Carrier’ and in good condition.

Never having served in her it is offered, for a small donation to our Charities, on a first come first served basis.  Buyer collect or collect at the next Reunion.  Contact me via Hon Sec RNCCA.

Ian Stirton Smith”

2020 Reunion Cancelled – Message from the Chair

“As promised here is an update on the Gala Dinner weekend at Chester this year.  It is with deep regret and after much soul searching and fact gathering the committee have agreed to cancel this year’s reunion at Chester.

This decision was taken after discussions about the safety of our members the majority of whom are in the “vulnerable” bracket. Coupled with the rise of the “R” number in the North West and localised lock downs and the availability of the attractions especially in Liverpool where we were hoping to visit on the Saturday.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar are currently closed and they are only offering a room service for a continental breakfast and drinks. Other meals are being taken at another hotel across the road.

The other factor is that we are limited to only 30 attending under the current Government guidelines which would make the weekend not the experience that we would want.

I also think that the Government is not going to make any further relaxations until the schools have returned and there has been no significant rise in cases.

This will be the first time in its 50 years history of the RNCCA that a reunion or dinner has been cancelled which is not the way I wanted to leave it but circumstances have forced us down this road.

We are in discussions with Isle of Wight Tours (IOWT) about the postponement of the event and the possibility of them holding any deposits already paid until next year.  We hope to have more information soon.

For information next year’s event will take place 17 – 19 September 2021, and we are looking forward to seeing as many as possible there.

Kind regards and stay safe

Crossed the Bar – Ex RS Tom McComb Membership No: 1227

Sadly Tom crossed the bar on Thursday 28th May, I joined up with Tom at Ganges in 1969 and he was a good friend and a rock in those early days.

To quote an old shipmate of his, “A giant of a man in more ways than one”

Tom’s funeral will be broadcast by Webcast on Monday 8th June in the afternoon – Please go to the members section “Crossed the Bar” for further details