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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Air Malta128 viewsAd no.5 from 1974
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Empire125 viewsTroopship "Empire Fowey"Military Brat
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Cunard Hovercraft in Grand Harbour, 1967122 viewsBetween 24 February 1967 and 10 May 1967, Cunard's RMS Sylvania carried British Hovercraft Corporation's SRN-6 type hovercraft 024 on board during her cruises in the Mediterranean from Gibraltar. The BHC was trying to interest the governments of various countries bordering the Mediterranean in purchasing hovercraft, and to give government officials a practical demonstration of the hovercraft's capabilities. It was put into the water, using the ship's gear, at various ports and sent on demonstration runs. The hovercraft was not there to provide sight-seeing trips for cruise passengers, although occasional short trips for passengers were made 'around the bay' between the official runs. The venture proved unsuccessful and was not repeated.

Photo : Cunard Line
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Never trust a Pongo120 viewsSome great Malta stories HERE. Thanks to Jan Meecham.

Type Malta into his search box when you've read this one.

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Combined Cadet Corps - Exercise at Hal-Far 1976120 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.bmale22
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958 ©118 views60 years, seems like yesterday.

© Valerie Easter/Snowdon/Shutler
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Floriana Methodist Sunday School and RN bus, 1960118 viewsAbout six RN buses picked up from all over the island to take willing (and less willing) worshippers to Sunday School and Church every week. Parents could travel on the bus but quite a few vicariously preferred to pack the blessed lambs off by themselves. The Padre was an RN chaplain so was presumably able to persuade the transport garage to think of higher things.

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Air Malta117 viewsAd no.4 from 1974admin
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RFA Empire Gull [L3513] 116 viewsRFA Empire Gull was a landing ship of The Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
She was affectionately known as the "Black Pig" and was one of
the last serving LSTs.
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PDF Athletics Day 1969 - from Mike Wynne115 viewsClick here for TH Athletics 1969SC-UK
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Sports Days 1954 & 55 at St Andrew's Army School115 viewsStarring Bernard Derrickadmin
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HMS Ark Royal112 views..... during a Royal Navy open day in Grand Harbour, 1959

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PDF Malta Youth Champs 1970 - from Mike Wynne101 viewsClick here for Malta AAA Youth Champs 1970SC-UK
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Tigne Point then and now100 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
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Malta Family History95 viewsThe lost website now archived can still be visited.

Essential resource for historians.

Find it HERE
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Air Malta94 viewsAd no.2 from 1974admin
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PDF Malta Youth Champs 1969 - from Mike Wynne85 viewsClick here for Malta AAA Youth Champs 1969SC-UK
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TH Enterprise off Tigne barracks, 196884 viewsRod Dewar at the helm, his brother Ian crewing.

Photo : Rod Dewar

See also THIS ONE

...and THIS ONE
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Stamp cover to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Malta's George Cross77 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
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Air Malta76 viewsAd no.3 from 1974admin
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Dockyard Church Malta24 viewsThis is the pre-war venue (in a tunnel !)

Sketch by war artist Leslie Cole. Copyright © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 3243
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Their Royal Highnesses at the Dockyard Church 6 viewsPost-war venue. This closed when Baileys took over the yard in 1961.

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Copyright © David Spear 2022
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