From 1st to 3rd April
The 71st Entry Reunion April 1-4 2011
We all say it! Where do the years go? Looking at the sprightly group gathering at the Honiley Court hotel in Warwickshire it was hard to believe 56 years had slipped by since we passed out.
The reunion followed our usual pattern commencing with the ‘Meet And Greet’ on the Friday. 25 of us with wives and partners sitting down to an informal dinner.
Thinking back, being the first of April, we could have staged the cruellest
April Fools Day hoax imaginable?
However if the first of April was good enough to form the greatest Air Force in the world, it is good enough for the 71st entry to hold their 9th reunion.
Saturday started with a coach ferrying us to the Black Country Living Museum. What a terrific venue this was and only space and time prevents us from reporting in full. Sufficient to say some of the museum staff will remember for some time the visit of the 71st. A good ‘Crack’ with all.
Sunday was as always a DIY day; some choosing two very local NT houses others venturing further a field. NMA to view the paving progress at the Halton Grove. Coming along fine I am assured.
Returning to the hotel it was time to get ‘Scrubbed Up’ for our ‘Black Tie’ gala dinner. For this we had the exclusive us of the Warwick Suite, which enabled the speeches to proceed uninterrupted. Before enjoying an excellent dinner the Apprentice Prayer was read. Speeches included a minutes silence to remember our departed colleges, apologies for absence, news and good wishes from members unable to attend, including one from the Queen who continued to covey her wishes to us for a successful and enjoyable reunion. This she has done for all our previous reunions. Naturally we were all upstanding for the Loyal Toast before coffee was served.
By the magic of modern science our Webmaster linked his Skype camera to the large TV screen located in the room and we were able to see and talk with our entry rep: in New Zealand.
Completing the gala dinner did not end the evening and conversations continued beyond the ‘Bewitching’ hour.
All to soon the weekend was over and before departing next morning we all agreed to hold our 10th in 2013 somewhere?