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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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First bus fleet 1905, Thornycroft.181 viewsImported by family Agius, well known to admin.

20hp - half hp per person !
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Fairey Fireflies over Ghar-id-Dud during the Battle of Britain flypast in September 1952181 viewsPhoto: Paul Demajo Albanese Collection Times of Malta. (Negs lost in fire at the Times of Malta offices).admin
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Folklore at MGSC Hay Warf 1970180 viewsMartin Donnelly on foredeck, who on the helm? (Or was it vice versa?)

Apologies for camera shake and poor quality.
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THE PIT Friday 3rd November 1967180 viewsPoster attrib to Sally Rathmell, with thanks to Jenny Shillitto (now Banbury).admin
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Canberras 1970179 viewsEnglish Electric Canberras over Grand Harbour in 1970 during exercise Lime Jug.

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The PIT 2019175 viewsThe PIT is still there disguised as a bookshop.philb57
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...and now...174 viewsRust in Peace

Photo: Marco Zammit Collection
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Traditional farewell to C-in-C174 viewsAdmiral Sir Alexander Bingley, Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean, being rowed to HMS Surprise by his senior Captains and Flag staff on his departure from Malta, 1961.

Photo : Matthew Ellul
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Freshspring (L) & Carbine (R) 1960 ©173 viewsFreshspring is currently being restored. Google it.

Copyright © Liz Mardel (OldBat)
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (2)168 viewsTwo paces forward.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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168 viewsMy Father and some of his mates from A Company outside the Sliema Café [1967] now the site of the Mr Todd Hotel.Military Brat
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Oliver 1973165 viewsDolphin & Eagle press release.admin
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Then...165 viewsGasan Wayne Sliema bus at the Ferry 1958.

With 104th Minesweeping Squadron.

Photo: Alex Hosking
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More sailing in Marsamxett165 viewsFrom the Times of Malta 26 July 1970. Folkdance was a Garrison boat. Mike Johnson taught at St Andrew's.

Pictures of Sonia and Sheba (Navy Folkboats) required !!
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Malta v England 12 May 1971162 viewsEngland 5 : Malta 0

See MATCH REPORT
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Sheriff who?162 viewsNot a lot of people know this - but Keith Allen, star of stage and screen (at present playing in "Hogarth's Progress" as the older William Hogarth) - and of course Lily Allen's father- went to Verdala in 1960. His autobiog briefly describes his time in Malta (scroll down to chapter 3, page 40) -

HERE

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Making Tracks156 viewsIn September 1956 families enjoying the sun at Military Bay (now Golden Bay) are seemingly unconcerned by the landing craft sharing the beach. The vehicles are LVT-3s, known to their British users as the Buffalo, and their crews are training for the invasion of Suez.

Photo : The Tank Museum
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The Tales of Peter Prictoe155 viewsPP was a pupil at Verdala Dockyard School in the 1930s. He wrote some splendid anecdotes which can be read online HERE admin
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Farewell to BFBS Malta, 40 years ago154 viewsFarewell to BFBS Malta, 31st March 1979 - open the LINK HERE and click on the small black panel to listen.admin
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Invites from 1969149 viewsCourtesy of Christine Kate Spencer (now Liddy).admin
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Ark in GH147 viewsHMS Ark Royal with Fairey Gannet taking off and SS Freshpring or Freshspray alongside delivering water, November 1960.admin
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On the beach146 viewsA Royal Navy hovercraft glides onto the sand at Mellieha Bay in 1970.

Photo : Miguel Bonello
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HMS MMS 10 (pennant J 510) 1951145 viewsHarbour minesweeper, postcard.

With Forth before moving to Msida.
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Triton Fountain 1960s145 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadmin
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On this day - Jane Arbuthnot - Harrods bomb 1983143 viewsThanks to Vic Weekes for reminding us of the tragic loss of Jane Arbuthnot with whom he also served in the Metropolitan Police. Jane was taken bravely doing her duty at a call where they knew the code-word had been given and the danger was real and imminent. Each year on the 17th December a small remembrance service is held at the spot.

Memorial HERE

Jane at TH HERE
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