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small note to say I enjoyed myself at this years reunion. I've just seen
the new date for next year. Hopefully It'll be another good evening.
This is for ex - Laarbruch 89 / 92 : I got a phone call from
my mum Thursday 15th June. She said there was someone there who wanted to
speak to me. I hadn't a clue who it was. It turned out to be Kent
Johnson ( hooch ). He found my address from old gulf 90 / 91 bluey's. We
spoke for about ten minutes on the phone, but i gave him my e-mail
address, as he said he would get in touch in a few days. Kent still lives
in Edinburgh area. I'll let anyone know when he gets in touch.
On behalf of Stu Honeywood, Phil Webb and myself may I pass on our thanks to you Ian and Jacqui for another great reunion, excellent food, entertainment and all round great night. I didn't notice the size of the attendance was down it was still the same quality as the first year and your efforts are greatly appreciated, and anyway the wife tells me size isn't everything.
As regards people leaving early,I suggest those needing taxis into York book a few days in advance as we had no problem getting one for around midnight so we could carry on the party.
An interesting comment from Joe Lambley-Steel that we needed to go to functions if we wanted to get promoted, I wish he'd done our
assessments we would have been w/o 's in five years!
Finally a special thanks to Stu's missus who put us up for the weekend at their home in North Duffield, she made our tea whilst we spent the afternoon in the pub, drove us to the
do, was woken up at 03.30 by us blasting out music downstairs and then in the morning did the full English many many thanks Katherine.
Thanks again Ian
Ian and Jacqui,
Thanks again for putting on a splendid show again this year, and I agree on most the comments that have been posted here, This was the second year that myself and my wife have
attended, the first year was superb, seeing so many ex`MT Drivers, missed the second due to 2 MT 65th so it came to some
surprise to see that this years turn out to be some what thin on the ground.
I don't see the problem with it being held in York (Good lady likes the long weekend we have) its just the area of choice, Elvington is good if you are going to have a static display, but it seems 2 MT are short on the ground to support this with a vast display. but the biggest problem is Taxi's. They either take you but a
reluctant to collect you after midnight, hence the early departures by the younger element. and it puts around £25 on top of the ticket.
Why not try holding this superb function every other year and in York
itself, The ticket price might go up but you won't be forking out on the Taxi prices!!!
Keep up the good work see you next time,
Martin and Jackie Burrows.
Thanks for the
feedback Martin, The only comment I would make about holding it within
York is that you would be penalising everyone with a higher ticket price
to satisfy the one's that want to go into York. Maybe next year a group of
those wanting to go on to York could pre-arrange a mini bus. - Ian
Many thanks for another trip down memory lane. I read with interest the comments made with regard to the
evening. Having been to all three reunions now I feel able to comment.
Year 1. was a magic year being the first one, everyone who knew about the site turned
up. Year two as we all know now was a bit thin on the ground owing to Stafford holding there own event at the same time. This year the organisation was as usual its same high standard and one must congratulate Ian and co for
their efforts. Yes it would be nice to have a change of venue but realise this would not be practical owing to the location of the only remaining organizer who gives 100% of his efforts to enable us to meet up once a year. If I was to make any criticism at all of the event it would be for a room to be set aside with maybe a small extra bar where people would have a chance to have a good natter without trying to compete against the Music. All in all despite the weather it was a good
night. The fact that 3 of my 4 sons came with me this year made it all that more special. To all ex and current MTD's support this once a year Beer Call and become FULL MEMBERS. Take Care, Keep
Healthy. See you all next year
Ron Tebb ex mtd 1968-1990
I think the geographical location is perfect some of you are forgetting
there's a place called Scotland that some of us travelled from!!
York is central for everyone and is on the mainline rail link
In reference to comments made about people leaving the event early that's the choice of the individuals everyone made the effort in the first place and its up to them if they stay for 3 or 5 hours
In some cases individuals may have wanted to carry on the festivities in York itself past the closing time of the function and could only get taxis booked for certain times etc
more Annie and I made the pilgrimage to
for the Annual MTD Reunion at Elvington to meet old friends. On
arrival we were greeted by Ian and Jacqui and
made to feel extremely welcome. I was then summoned to
sit down by my old Warrant Officer and good friend John Seth and looked
over at Al Grice and said "even after all these years we are still
his old Sergeants" and then we both faithfully sat down.I thought that the numbers were slightly down on last year and some
guests left quite early during the evening to go elsewhere for whatever
reason.I have noted
the comments made regarding the venue being moved south.In my opinion that is not an option; the venue is perfect it is
steeped in RAF history. The location is central to all and the food and
entertainment plus the accommodation is equally as good.
why don't more of us attend? Yes I know that we are all busy and that we
have other responsibilities?Have
you ever stopped to think that during our RAF career's we have all
organised functions and attended some that we really didn't want to go
to.Yes you could argue that
we needed to be there as we wanted to get promoted and this like the Sgts
Mess Ent's Committee was a worthwhile secondary duty.But those days have gone and I am proud to be a part of the
MTD family for 35 years.If
we looked at the membership of RAF MTD, it must be over five hundred and
through this we all try to keep in touch. We love the old pictures, the
stories and for me the only down side is, it's where we learn of old
mates that have sadly passed away.
what does the Concise Oxford Dictionary say about the word "reunion"?
a.Reuniting or being
b.Social gathering, or
intimates or persons with common
we should consult the MTD's by e-mail and ask them what they would like?I think that this function is outstandingly well organised by Ian
and Jacqui and they have my personal thanks for taking the lead and
organising this family event. We
need to support it.
and Jacqui deserve a vast amount of credit for this wonderful
function; they deserve a big cheer from the "Trade" well
done and thank you. So please support it and encourage the
serving MTD's to come along and learn about their history. Make
sure that you plan this event in your diaries and even more important,
make sure that you attend.
Thanks again Ian and Jacqui.
Joe Lambley-Steel RAF MTD for life
maybe next year Al, I can get John Seth a drink.
must be over five hundred" it certainly is Joe, would you believe
1,156 at the time of writing (Sadly though, only around 7% are Full
Members) - Ian
We had a great night on Saturday again. Seen a few new faces and the usual
crowd. Location and venue are fine for those of us travelling from Scotland
etc.. Thank you again for all the hard work you and your team put into the
event, see you all next year,
Scott & Liz Dunbar
I was thinking of going to this years get together ,had not been before but looking at the list of people going, only two were in the RAF the same time as me and I did not know them.
And I thought not much fun I don't drink and will not know anybody . through the site I am now in contact with a friend from 1956 and as he lives in York I thought 'why not' after a great natter in the afternoon I went to Elvington.
it was like arriving at a new MT section everybody keen to talk .
I really did enjoy myself I was talking all evening, and even got shown
around the 2 MT tanker ,wow when I think of the Hippo with the chassis going one way and the cab going the other. the only bad bit was when I was talking to this guy and he asked "when did you leave the RAF " I said "1969" his reply "that's when I was born" [made me feel old]
So if you are thinking next year 'I won't know anybody' GO because it
doesn't matter you will have a great time, see you there
Hi Ian, thank you for another good re union....the atmosphere was great, and the cake was wonderful.
Angela came for the first time, armed with her U/T MTD Drivers handbook,
so she would know what we were talking about. This was hijacked by, of course, several MTDs and caused some memories to stir.
I wonder if you have noticed a drop in numbers, it seemed to me that the numbers were down.
This does not detract from the marvellous job all concerned have made of the event, and venue.
Some of my former colleagues, and friends suggested that a venue South one year may be better. I informed them, that I believed that it had been considered, from a few rumours I heard, but cost and being available to arrange a long distance venue was the problem. I sincerely hope I was not talking out of turn, as I admire the work and planning that goes into this event. I merely mention this to you for your consideration, I personally like having an event such as this on 'my doorstep'.
Thank you once again for an enjoyable evening.
Cooky, The numbers are similar to last year, it would be great to get back
to the first year's figures, we just need to spread the word a bit more .
Without pleading poverty the event only just breaks even so the extra
costs of organising it down South would unfortunately making it unworkable
- for now anyway - Ian