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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (1)139 viewsBelieved to be on the occasion of a member of staff leaving - Jack Ousbey

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Mike Wynne137 viewsYour truly Mike Wynne in San Anton Gardens 1969/70.mikew
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Relic of St Angelo136 viewsNow on display in the re-opened fort. Well worth a visit.admin
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Tony Wise ©135 viewsContinuing the Verdala theme, this was painted by Tony Wise, Verdala staff member 1962-5. TW is mentioned by KEITH ALLEN in THIS EXTRACTadmin
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Garrison club dinghies in Marsamxett. Postcard127 viewsPre 1980 when the Carmelite dome came to dominate the skyline. (Probably Swordfishes pre 1968 when the club bought Pegasus dinghies. Club closed in 1978 of course).

Sails have been coloured in, they were white. Some cards show them as white but are less clear.
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Sliema 1967126 viewsOn the right a locally produced
Triumph Herald made by The Car Assembly Ltd [CAL]
at the Marsa production line.
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Dione Venables BFBS Part 2125 viewsAutobiography of Dione's time at BFBS 1969-79.

Part 2


By kind permission of Dione Venables - Copyright © 2019
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Battle scar124 views"Sergeant Gordon Tweedale of 185 Squadron [was] shot down and killed in his first sortie in a Spitfire. Tweedale’s Spitfire ... crashed in Lija ... . The scarred wall of a building on the corner of Saviour Street, damaged by the Spitfire in the final moments of its terminal dive, remains a poignant reminder... ."
Text from Air Battle for Malta by Anthony Rogers, published by Greenhill Books, c/o Pen & Sword Books Ltd.
Picture courtesy of Google Street View; screenshot taken November 2019.
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School Hall early 70s123 viewsWith ballroom shine to the floor done during summer hols.

(But why didn't I take one of the stage?)

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More dinghy racing, circa 1965121 viewsSwordfish from Garrison Club in Marsamxett. Sail no.174 in centre.

Navy dentist Jerry Gardner (RN Tower Road clinic) sailed 175 (actually a Navy boat from St Angelo) and lavished much attention on her with gleaming mirror finish. He kept her at MGSC and constantly beat the Pongos. In retaliation he was disqualified for not wearing the correct "15" mark on the sail. Sour grapes or what !
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On this day 1965 - Hal-Far119 views1st Sept 1965 RNAS Hal Far was formally handed over to the RAF.

Picture taken 31 August the last day of HMS Falcon.

By kind permission of Mark Woolley whose father Bob took it. See Woolley Family
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Verdala Bell-on-the-Well118 viewsCover to the deep well below the Verdala playground.

Sketch by Ken Woodhams.

Verdala website HERE
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