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Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.

 
 

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Me and my sister Sliema 1971603 viewsKaren was at Luqa primary school at the time. fifla1973
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Cathy Stephenson Kalafrana July 1973771 viewsCathy could run like the wind, swim like a fish, was supremely clever and of course very beautiful. We were together for 18 months.fifla1973
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Karen Beer July/August 1973507 viewsKaren was the star of my class during my first stay in Malta and someone I much admired, but I thought she was out of my league. During our second tour I was pleasantly surprised that she also returned. Determined to ask her out at the Luqa Youth Club Christmas do at Hal Far in 1972 Dave Phillips and I turned up having shared a bottle of wine for Dutch courage and somehow I got the other girl and Dave got Karen; it was nearly so different though!fifla1973
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Cathy Stephenson and Karen Beer November 1973545 viewsThis was taken in the week I left the island. I last saw Karen in 1980 when she was running a pub in West Wynch. Her family went back to St Athan and her family is still in the area. Mr Beer, a great sailor, passed away a few years ago. Cathy's family moved to St Columb Minor near Newquay; both her parents have passed away.fifla1973
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Len on 2 site tennis courts490 viewsForget the glasses and you have Jimmy Connors on the tennis courts I posted earlier. This picture is from July 1972 and the previous picture from nearly the same position was taken 6 weeks ago (October 9th 2014). My victim on the other side of the net was either Dave Phillips, Pete Whiting or Chris Dillon!fifla1973
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Len Moscrop and Cathy Stephenson Kalafrana 1973783 viewsThis was taken in July 1973 at the Sgt's mess part of Kalafrana beach club. Amazing that there were Officers' , Sgts' and other ranks' beaches. My Dad was a corporal, my best mate's Dad was a Flt Sgt and our Girlfriends' Dads were officers and believe it or not I was asked to leave the Sgt's' beach because of the rank of my Dad; no wonder I am a socialist!7 commentsfifla1973
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SS Uganda (Not)465 viewsIn 1973 this ship was used for Tal Handaq school trips to Greece etc. my girlfriend was on board at the time as I waited for her to come back (hence the picture). Apparently the girls were chased back to the ship in Greece because of their attire (hot pants and mini skirts). The ship was scrapped in the 1980s but I guess memories live on! 2 commentsfifla1973
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The Moscrops525 viewsThis is me and my parents on Sliema front in 1971 shortly before the Brits were kicked off the island by Mr Mintoff. fifla1973
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Three girls in Valletta786 viewsPhoto taken November 1973. I think one of them is called Diedre, another Cathy (my then girlfriend in the middle) and the third's name escapes me. I left the island the next day. 4 commentsfifla1973
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Luqa 2 site blocks of flats461 viewsVery over grown this is taken looking north up the front blck of flats with the running track to the left. I believe Glen Miller lived in the block in the forefront. Taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa 2 site blocks of flats391 viewsOn the airport side of the diet the blocks parallel with the new runway were demolished and the blocks adjacent were partially demolished, Leaving a ragged end to each block as seen here. fifla1973
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RAF Luqa Gladiator Club411 viewsThis was the Airmen's bar. This is from where I first heard the strains of Drive in Saturday from the juke box one Saturday and walked in to find no be there at all. Very spooky! Still looks majestic. Taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Astra Cinema Luqa471 viewsIconic building to those trying to get in to see Straw Dogs and other 18 certificates illegally. I remember there was an old snowdrop who used to guard against under age viewing! Taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site football pitch.352 viewsThe other goal amazingly would now be situated in the middle of the airport northern taxiway. Hard to believe that Stab Mathews, Francis Lee and Colin Bell ( and of course me!) once played on this pitch. Photo taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site Gymnasium376 viewsThe Gymnasium saw some illustrious sports people getting changed, these included Sir Stanley Mathews, Malcolm Alison, Francis Lee and the 1972 Manchester City team who played a match on the sand pitch opposite the gym. This is also where we played badminton most Fridays until we discovered girls; or did they discover us? Picture taken 9th October 2014 fifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site parade square and Airmen's Barrack Blocks421 viewsThis was never used while I was at Luqa. Really nice setting though. Taken 9th October 20141 commentsfifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site Sgt's Mess?447 viewsI believe this was the Sgt's mess. The picture taken from roughly the NAAFI building on 9th October 20154 commentsfifla1973
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Luqa2Site317 viewsLooking up the road from the flats on 2 site towards the Gladiator club and the main entrance of the site with the sports fields on the left. Taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Tal Handaq Sports Day running track 1973359 viewsThis view if the running track again from the balcony of our Luqa flat. Taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site block of flats310 viewsThis was the block at the very back of the site. I believe in my time the Beaumonts lived there. Mike was a friend at he time bad a fast running winger in the football team. Very overgrown and sad to see. Now used as Malta Airways offices. Photo taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa 2 site Tennis Courts and Flats440 viewsThese tennis courts were well used by us budding Rod Lavers at the time. The flats are the blocks overlooking the primary school playground on the other side. Photo taken from roughly the school bus stop on 9th October 2014.7 commentsfifla1973
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Married Quarters Luqa 2 site.388 viewsThis particular block faced the tennis courts and was where Chris Dillion lived. We had many a battle on the courts themselves with Pete Whiting and Dave Phillips. Picture taken 9th October 2014.1 commentsfifla1973
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Luqa Youth Club350 viewsThis was the Luqa Youth Club block, on the right hand side, until summer 1973. A den of iniquity indeed! Photo taken 9th October 1973 fifla1973
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Luqa Primary School324 viewsThis was on 2 site at Luqa. My sister attended until 1973. It looks like it is now used for offices. This pic taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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HMS Talbot memorial plaque328 viewsThis is attached to the curtain below the Anglican Cathedral facing Manoel Island. The sailors used to come ashore below and make their way to Strait Street just up the slope.fifla1973
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Hay Wharf sailing club.323 viewsThe boats were hoisted into the water from where the grey navy boats are. We used to go there sailing for sports afternoons in 1971 from Tal Handaq. This picture was taken from my balcony in the Excelsior Hotel. I used to look up at the old hotel on the site at the time, with my girlfriend Cathy Stephenson, and wonder how people afforded to stay there!fifla1973
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RAF Luqa 2 site flats349 viewsOur flat was the first one on the ground floor. Picture taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa 2 site as seen on 3rd October 2014313 viewsThe site of the school bus stop with the flats in the background and airport behind that. fifla1973
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Combined Cadet Force RAF341 viewsThe shoulder tapes for our CCF.

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Stamp club Tal Handaq301 viewsclosure of school and stamp clubbmale22
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4th Year 1974 with Mr Lew Finnis1125 viewsPrefect
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Name this Teacher at Open Day 1971572 viewsPrefect
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