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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Royal Visit 195410 viewsPathe News play video clip HERE (click on blue word)

For nine more clips of the Royal visit search youtube for British Pathe Queen in Malta 1954.
adminSep 27, 2022
Malta ‘first in line’ at Queen’s second funeral procession66 viewsProminence given to recipients of the George Cross

Read the feature at Times of Malta

Photo of the royal couple at Villa Guardamangia : Daily Telegraph
adminSep 19, 2022
RIP Ma'am125 viewsPhoto of HM at a 1967 reception in Malta attended by Rosemary's parents Surgeon Commander David Haines, Mrs Diana Haines (lady smiling behind HM).adminSep 09, 2022
Letter from Tal-Handaq 1976169 viewsFound on a certain auction site.derrick calverSep 03, 2022
NAAFI price list 1940 (2)160 viewsThis must have been before rationing!

Copyright Ⓒ Derrick Calver 2022
derrick calverAug 28, 2022
NAAFI price list 194098 viewsCopyright Ⓒ Derrick Calver 2022derrick calverAug 28, 2022
NAAFI St James' Cavalier121 viewsHow many of you remember the long flight of stairs up to the shop.
St James' Cavalier is now a cultural centre and art gallery known as a Spazju Kreattiv (Maltese for Creative Space).
Photo taken late 50s early 60s complete with naval Tilley (Bedford Utilicon van).

See also Wiki
derrick calverAug 21, 2022
Wembley Weather 4140 viewsRAF Luqa during WW2

Photo : copyright Ⓒ Flt Lt B Sharman (on left) 1929-2004 - see HIS MEMOIRS
derrick calverAug 13, 2022
Wembley Weather 3117 viewsFrom 1971?derrick calverAug 13, 2022
Wembley Weather 275 viewsThe prices have changed since 1957 so this must be 1958/9 ?derrick calverAug 13, 2022
Wembley Weather 112 viewsA price list from 1957.
Oh those eskimo pies and the prices!
derrick calverAug 13, 2022
Verdala Sept 1971 (3)18 views"The Ditch" - a classroom in the old barracks looking very sorry for itself. I seem to remember it was a little better in 1958. As well as some classrooms there the Naval Stores Department (SNSO) still had stores there at the time.derrick calverAug 13, 2022
Verdala Sept 1971 (2)113 viewsMain Gatederrick calverAug 04, 2022
Verdala Sept 1971163 viewsderrick calverJul 28, 2022
Meadowbank Hotel 2206 viewsLook how Surfside has changed since the 1950s.derrick calverJul 21, 2022
Meadowbank Hotel177 viewsHotel before 1960s makeover. We and many other families stayed here on arrival in Malta.2 commentsderrick calverJul 15, 2022
Egmont Close 3184 viewsTaken Sept 1971 along St Ignatius Junction1 commentsderrick calverJul 04, 2022
Egmont Close / Galaxy 2145 viewsOriginal entrance to garages at Egmont Close.derrick calverJul 02, 2022
Egmont Close 1111 viewsLong gone, now the Galaxy.derrick calverJul 02, 2022
Paul Pond aka Paul Jones291 viewsI gave a copy of the 1957 Pirates photo (click blue link) to Paul at a concert - this is the back now signed by Paul - he had not seen it since 1957. He told me that although his brother Nigel aka Peter went to Tal Handaq he (Paul) remained in Portsmouth and only came out to Malta during the holidays. He did remember Joy!derrick calverJul 02, 2022
Tigne Beach entry prices 202292 viewsStill jointly run by Marsa ad Union Clubs after lying derelict for years.

Zoom in to read.

Photo : Monica Mazure (now WardMcNally)

See also Tigne Beach Gallery
adminJun 17, 2022
Uniform photos 1147 viewsBruce Williams writes : These photos were hanging on the wall of the Language Lab and were found by former deputy head of Liceo Vassalli, Marc Spiteri.
They're from the mid-seventies, showing correct summer dress length.
Left - Pat Ransom. Centre - Debbi Helliwell [Head girl 1976-77]. Right ??
See Purple Gallery at Bruce's TH BLOGSPOT
adminJun 02, 2022
Uniform photos 2126 viewsBruce Williams writes : These photos were hanging on the wall of the Language Lab and were found by former deputy head of Liceo Vassalli, Marc Spiteri.
They're from the mid-seventies, showing correct summer uniform (no badges, shirt hanging out - but long sox ??).
Left - Chris Snow. Centre - David North [Dep Head Boy 1976-77]. Right - Jez Taylor.
See Purple Gallery at Bruce's TH BLOGSPOT
adminJun 02, 2022
Their Royal Highnesses at the Dockyard Church 137 viewsPost-war venue. This closed when Baileys took over the yard in 1961.


Copyright © David Spear 2022
adminMay 17, 2022
Dockyard Church Malta95 viewsThis is the pre-war venue (in a tunnel !)

Sketch by war artist Leslie Cole. Copyright © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 3243
Photo : unattributed
adminMay 14, 2022
Tigne Point then and now182 viewsIn days of old when knights were bold,
Developers not invented;
The view serene, tower blocks unseen
And everyone contented.

Top photo : Edmund Ashman, ex-Tigne School 1950s
Bottom photo from internet search - unattributed

See also THIS ONE and comments beneath it.
adminMay 01, 2022
HMS Ark Royal145 views..... during a Royal Navy open day in Grand Harbour, 1959

Photo : unattributed
adminApr 16, 2022
Made in Malta - The Count of Monte Cristo, 2002188 viewsGood swashbuckling stuff, filmed 80% on location in Malta. Your admin has dived the treasure cave !

Full movie free HERE
adminApr 02, 2022
Combined Cadet Corps - Group photo RAF section 1976216 viewsGroup photo CCF RAF section Hal-Farbmale22Mar 13, 2022
Combined Cadet Corps - Exercise at Hal-Far 1976159 viewsCCF exercise at Hal-Far 1976. We were meant to arrive in landing craft and scale the cliffs but the weather was too bad, we trained the day before and had a fun day.bmale22Mar 13, 2022
Stamp cover to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Malta's George Cross119 viewsTo mark the 80th anniversary of Malta's George Cross BFPS has produced, in conjunction with the George Cross Island Association (GCIA), a commemorative cover to be issued on the 15th of April 2022.

The covers can be ordered from the BFPS online shop or by post by sending a cheque (payable to ‘BFPS CIC’) to BFPS, The Old Post Office, Links Place, Elie, LEVEN, KY9 1AX

Details HERE
2 commentsadminMar 12, 2022
TH Enterprise off Tigne barracks, 1968144 viewsRod Dewar at the helm, his brother Ian crewing.

Photo : Rod Dewar

See also THIS ONE

...and THIS ONE
adminMar 01, 2022
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