First & Last, Journal of the Halton 81st Entry

Issue Number 50

Feb 2017

The Journal of the 81st Entry

Edited and uploaded by Brian Spurway

Welcome to the 50th edition of The Journal.

Last Post:

The loss of any member of the 81st Entry diminishes us all.

The 81st Entry extends its sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of John Hugh Charles ('Ernie') May, Engines, who passed away on Saturday 12 November 2016 and also those of David D (Dave) Sidgwick, Engines, who passed away on Friday 2 December 2016. They will be sadly missed by us all.

Our sincere thanks must go to those 81st Entry members who represented us all at Ernie's and Dave's funerals - their subsequent messsages to me are on the Feedback page.

: We've reached a bit of a 'mile-stone' by managing to far exceed the original plan for this 81st Entry Journal, yes it's the 50th Edition and still going - carefully I avoid the additional word "strong" - I would like to think it can carry on for a good time yet but, as always, that's up to you guys reading this. I can carry on doing what I do, and willingly cover the financial cost, but without the material to do so I'll be forced to call a halt . . . . soon/some time/eventually. What then, you may wonder?

A long time back Mike Stanley approached the RAF Museum to sound out their interest in archiving our Journal; the response he received was positive but they would only want it for their collection when it was a completed 'item'. To that end I am in the process of collating everything since the the first edition, in Nov. 2004, and am slowly building up one very large 'file' (on a memory stick of course, not hard copy) that, when things 'terminate' through lack of support, or whatever, I will donate to the museum for them to deal with as they please; I'm already up to 350 pages of A4 text and not yet half way through, so you can see it's a fairly long project for me. I'm certainly not whingeing as I like being occupied and do get tremendous satisfaction from receiving the odd compliment from the Journal's readers - often from 'outsiders' surfing the web, which is a special joy.

Should anyone of you, if and when the website closes, think you would like a copy of this large collection of articles I should be able to oblige easily.


Adrian Gates has asked me to include a short message here:

Those who intend to be at the 81st Entry reunion on Saturday 16 Sept. but have yet to book their accommodation please do so quoting the code F29 - doing this will enable the hotel to inform him that you have booked.

He will email those that haven't booked by mid Feb hoping that, by then, there won't be many.

The sixth new article in this edition of the Journal was sent to me by Dave Sidgwick in an email saying how sorry he was to hear about Ernie May's passing - exactly a fortnight before his own; I considered not including it but Dave sent it to be included so I've done so. May he, and all the others whose deaths have been my sad duty to record over the last thirty-seven years, rest in peace.


If you have any comments on the articles, or just want to say 'Hi!' to old friends please CONTACT BRIAN.

Your comments will be published on the FEEDBACK PAGE.