First & Last, Journal of the Halton 81st Entry

Issue Number 61

Nov 2019

The Journal of the 81st Entry

Edited and uploaded by Brian Spurway

Welcome to the 61st edition of The Journal.


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

The 81st Entry extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of John Hathaway who passed away on 2 September 2019.

John's funeral was held at St Peter's church in Navenby on Friday 13 September. Four of our members, Ken Francis (along with his wife Tricia), Ken Williams, Phil Jarman and John Taylor were able to attend and so were able to offer their own condolences, as well as those of us all, to John's family; my sincere thanks to them. What none of us were to know, until John passed away and his daughter Sue contacted me, was that his wife Jane had also passed away a few months earlier on 24 April; it seems very likely that the loss of his wife was a major contributor to his own rapid decline.

Our Reunion on Saturday 21st September was sadly nowhere near as well attended as we could have hoped for, with just eighteen of us 'lads' present on the day; nonetheless it was a resounding success enjoyed by the seven accompanying ladies as well as ourselves. Sadly there were a few missing from among those expected to be there: Jack Squires and Mike Quick had forewarned of their inabilities to attend but hearing from Adrian that Alan Ottaway had suffered a heart attack the day before came as a shock to us all. I have spoken with Alan since and am glad to let you all know that, although now on medication, he has recovered from the episode.

I had been hoping that, from amongst those attending, a "David Bailey" look-alike would come forward armed with all the kit necessary to whip up a comprehensive group photo before we all succumbed to the effect of alcohol and food; this was not to be however, so I quickly had to put my ancient - steam-driven by today's standard - Nexus tablet to use in the hope that it would save something that I could reproduce here: "WYSIWYG" below - the three better images of the half dozen I took. If you're not included in either of the three photos then I can only apologise; next time maybe!?

Those of us who were there, and I hope that I have the numbers right, were: Adrian Gates, Andy Pascoe, Bill Morley, Brian Spurway, Dave Cross, Dick Bingham, Geoff Tomsett, John Catley, John Taylor, Martin McArthur, Mike Johnson, Mike Stanley, Norman Armiger, Robert Longhurst, Ted Peto, Tom Cowen, Tony Williams and Bert Hall. I'm sure that you will all join me in offering our warm appreciation to Adrian for arranging this reunion.

(When I woke up in the hotel, on the Sunday morning after the reunion, the right hand side of my face felt a bit itchy, as if I'd electric razor-burnt it a bit; it wasn't until a day or two later that I developed a number of broken blisters all down that side of my face, close to my eye and on my chin. Sufficiently concerned I visited my GP who took one look at me as I entered his room and came out with the one word - 'Shingles'! And I thought it was - maybe - just Hives, or some such thing. Anyway, the reason I mention it here is that, totally unknown to me, I was infectious whilst at the reunion and have to hope that nobody who was there subsequently developed Chicken Pox through any contact with me - the GP assured me that I couldn't pass on Shingles itself but could easily infect anyone who had never suffered from Chicken Pox. I wouldn't have been there had I known so can only pass an apology to anyone who may have been infected.)


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