First & Last, Journal of the Halton 81st Entry

Issue Number 63

May 2020

The Journal of the 81st Entry

Edited and uploaded by Brian Spurway

Welcome to the 63rd 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 Ron Furner who passed away on 11 Feb 2020.

Ron's funeral was held at the Park Crematorium, Lytham, on Thursday 17 Feb. and was attended by members of the 81st Entry: Ken Francis and his wife Tricia, along with Dave Wells and his wife. I'm sure all will join me in thanking them for being there to pay their own respects, and be able to represent the Entry as a whole.

Earlier in the month I emailed everybody to mention that I will be terminating the Journal in Nov this year and that I have arranged with the IWM that I will then send them a copy of it to archive - probably among their 'Cold War' history records; the article - actually only one third of it - by Kevin in this edition will, I'm sure, be a great example of what they're looking for.

The NHS, in its wisdom, has sent me their 'letter' saying that, like my wife Beth, I too should consider myself well and truly 'confined'; it seems that COPD and the loss of nearly 50% of my lungs' capacity - understandably - makes me very vulnerable to the dreaded Covid-19. This advice from them came after emailing you my last 'Round Robin', in which I had added a little bit suggesting you send me a short note about how you're getting on under these current restrictions. I could add your message to Feedback, my thoughts being that it would be a good way of keeping in touch and letting mates know how things are going with you and yours. Amongst the 78 - my current 81st Entry contact list - there must be several of you in a similar, or even worse, situation than ours; I did receive a few replies after that last email and have uploaded them, but I would like to get more! Please give it some thought anyway - it'll give me something else to do other than covering the dining room table with jig saw puzzles working my way through Amazon Prime for book-sets and films, YouTube for anything of interest and the few TV channels that do still provide some entertainment. Take good care of yourselves.

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