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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Luqa 2 Site Gladiator Club etc758 viewsThis shows the Gladiator Club to the right, a stage in the mid foreground and across the sports field and running track the old quarters. You can clearly make out that the flats ( we lived ground floor on the right) which were twice the length in the old days with the demolished part to the right making way for the airport. I took this picture on 9th October this year and later that day the great Maddy Prior sang on the little stage in this picture. I used to sit in my bedroom in the 70s not 60 yards away listening to her records; if someone had told me then that in 40 years she would be singing in earshot of my bedroom I wouldn't have believed them!fifla1973
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Luqa 2 site Sgt's' Mess accommodation648 viewsTaken 9th October 2014. This block overlooked the running track and was the first block to the right from our flat towards the Gladiator Club. fifla1973
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Class with Lt Cdr Richards c19751412 viewsPrefect
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2 site NAAFI or is it?817 viewsThe building in question is in the middle of the shot and I took the picture from down the road going away from the building at about 7:30.2 commentsfifla1973
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CCF at St Angelo 1975900 viewsCombined Cadet ForcePrefect
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Luqa 2 site Sick Quarters or NAAFI?745 viewsAlthough this photo shows clearly a Sick Quarters I am not sure this wasn't the NAAFI in 1973; any ideas? 1 commentsfifla1973
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Super Constellation Luqa Airport 1971682 viewsI put this in the wrong file initially. This aircraft was a constant during my time in Malta.fifla1973
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The most beautiful Cathy Stephenson 1973 Kalafrana1204 viewsThis is a battered picture of Cathy. It is battered because I carried it while training for the military in 1974 and my mum threw all my negatives out! fifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site running track644 viewsThe cars are parked on the old sports field. The flats in the background where I lived were a block longer to the right in my day. The block on the right going away from camera where Dave Phillips lived was demolished to make way for the airport. Tal Handaq sports day 1973 was held here.fifla1973
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Cathy Stephenson and Len Moscrop November 1973967 viewsOur last trip to Valletta together. fifla1973
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Cathy Stephenson Kalafrana 1973877 viewsA budding model? Taken in July 1973 with my Kodak 25 camera! fifla1973
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Me and my sister Sliema 1971828 viewsKaren was at Luqa primary school at the time. fifla1973
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Cathy Stephenson Kalafrana July 19731024 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 1973696 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 1973807 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 courts685 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 19731044 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)649 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 Moscrops717 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 Valletta1031 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 flats623 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 flats534 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 Club561 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 Luqa634 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.481 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 Gymnasium511 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 Blocks572 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?619 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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Luqa2Site437 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 1973523 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 flats437 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 Flats624 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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