When it is value for money you are looking for, it would be difficult to beat the prices and facilities offered for a reunion by the Warwick Hilton. To this end, once again, the 19 Signal Regiment reunion was held on September 8 and 9 at the Warwick Hilton.
For some, the weekend started on Thursday, when we were offered the same facilities and prices as the weekend special deal. This included a superb buffet 3 course evening meal. By afternoon on Friday, most of the other members had found their way there and we all met for an informal buffet meal on Friday evening. Thanks to our reunion organisers, Pam Craven and Pat Soward, our Saturday outing was to the Black Country Museum near Dudley. Even though rain threatened and occasionally did more than threaten, all the members enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon.
The evening meal was attended by over 40 members and their guests and it turned out to be a very special evening for two people in particular. For those who have followed the saga on Facebook, when one of the garrison churches in Germany was being demolished, John Hill had been sent a large brass plaque dedicated to Major Gerry Funnell who had died in 1987. Gerry had been the Seletar Troop commander in 1966 and John decided he would try and trace Gerry’s family through Facebook, BT and other media to try and find the family to return the plaque to the rightful owners. After about six months, he discovered that Gerry’s wife, Sue, had had two sons but that she had remarried and was now Sue Townsend. Eventually an address was found for her and John wrote to her with the story. When Sue heard that the plaque had been saved, both her and her sons were delighted and it was decided to invite Sue, her husband, Ian, and Ben her son, to be our guests of honour at the reunion and the plaque would be returned. For Sue and Ben, and indeed Ian, it was a very eventful evening when the plaque was presented to them. Sue had already taken part in the evening’s events reading a very poignant poem and Ian had presented the 50 years citation and certificate to John Horne for 50 years service to the Corps. After the meal and coffee, members and guests mingled to remember old times. New guests this year were John Goodfellow and his wife and it was wonderful to see Chris and Julia Mills returning for the second year. There was, as usual, a very warm welcome to a number of family members who have joined us and appear to be returning annually, especially the family of Ray Cank, and Bernard Strange. A special mention must be given to those who travel from Scotland, Bill Naismith, Frank Smith and Martin Oliver. It was further hoped that Ian and Sue Townsend and Ben Funnell will be joining the Association.
At the committee meting on Sunday, we decided that once again, the facilities offered to us were unbeatable elsewhere and we decided that next year we would use the same venue.
Reunion 2018 photos
Guest of Honour Ian Townsend with John and Joyce Horne
What she is like when Pearl is not present
Carl Cank with Pam Craven and Frances Cobbold
Henry Hirst and Julia Mills
Not sure what he is doing under the table
Frank Smith with Bill Naismith and Dennis and Margaret Isaacs
Ben Funnell with mum Sue and Maureen Soward
John Goodfellow and Christine Tams
Kath Foskett with Chris and Julia Mills
Geoff and Sheila Pinder
…….all the way from Stockton on Tees
Photo selection by Dennis Isaacs
………….and this is Dennis
Raise your glasses!!
Ben Funnell toasts the Association
John Hill and Sue Townsend
.and the presentation of the plaque
Pat Soward welcomes our guests
They were young once !!!!!!!!! John Hill and John Goodfellow
Bill Naismith with Frank Smith and Margaret Isaacs.
Not him again.
Why am I on loads of these photos?
Spring is in the air. Hill looking scruffy!
Includes the Scottish Contingent Bill Naismith, Frank Smith and Martin Oliver
...and from the Black Country Museum
A few of Dennis’s photos
On the waterfront
Part of the old boat yard
The olde worldy hardware shop
Frank, Margaret and Bill
.and is that Pat ?..or Roy Cropper
Help. I think I'm lost
Frank helps Martin out with a little map-reading
Does anybody else have photos to add to the reunion page ?
Frank Smith, Bill Naismith, Margaret and Dennis Isaacs