Turn the clock back to Royal Navy of yesteryear

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How many of your readers would like to turn the clock back?

Especially if it is to when they were in the Royal Navy and serving on the ‘Warship’ Hitler tried to sink during World War II? H.M.S. Collingwood at Fareham in Hampshire.

Would they like to pay a visit back into that massive Shore Training Establishment? The Naval Base with the largest Parade Ground in Europe. (Well it was, but not now, it has had part of it built on!)

The H.M.S. Collingwood Association is looking for those who either loved or loathed the place to turn the clock back and join us on our next visit. Association visits of the past have included a parade, a buffet, lunch in the wardroom, visits to the training sections and simulators and more visits are planned.

If any reader would like to meet up with their old shipmates from any time, yes we have members in their 90s who were at H.M.S. Collingwood at the start in 1940 and who knows, your old shipmate might live just round the corner to you and reading this letter could re-unite you!

Write now to the Membership Secretary Peter Lacey, Heathfield, Lapford, Crediton, Devon. EX17 6PZ or email him placey58@btinternet.com

Do you have a story to tell about your time at H.M.S. Collingwood which other members may recognise when printed in the Association Magazine? Send it to Peter with your application form and he will forward it to the Editor of the Association Magazine.

With new members on the committee, the Association is growing, don’t get left behind. I look forward to meeting you at the next visit into H.M.S. Collingwood or weekend reunion and reliving those days!! Bring this letter with you and I will buy you a Tot!

Mike Crowe