Prize-winning Apprentices

t13550Apprentices who were awarded prizes by the Gas Plant Manufacturers Development Council received them from Mr C Robson. These awards were made for progress in studies.

From L-R are: A.P. Collett, I.R. Sutherland, D. Berry, R.D. Wray, Mr C. Robson, T.J. Hickman and B. Ingledew. Another apprentice, J.F. Watson was unable to be present when this photograph was taken. Ashmore Benson and Pease c1955.

Photograph and details courtesy of Glenn Hutchinson.

Richard Hind, the class of 1965 c2016

The class of 1965, all new lads and lasses now young men with one young lady…
Back row: Norman Hill, Barry Moss, Dave Foundling (Sid), Ian Reeve, Anth Spacey. Front Row: Graham Swales (SWAG), Nigel Clegg, Dave Cooper, Liz Hindmarsh, George Thompson, Keith Leonard, Brian Maddigan.
A great night, we are hoping to get together again in June 2018 so anyone from the 1965 intake please get in touch. I’m sure there are more ladies from that year still around. Liz was slightly out numbered though she didn’t seem to mind.

Photograph and details courtesy of Norman Hill.

Thornaby RAF Centenary Tree Planting Service, 1 April 2018

The Stockton & Thornaby Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association marked the RAF Centenary celebrations on the 1st April with the planting and dedication of a Royal Oak Tree and commemorative plaque alongside the Airmans Statue in Thornaby. The Mayor and Mayoress of Thornaby Cllrs Steve and Sylvia Walmsley and the Mayor and Mayoress of Stockton Cllr Maurice Perry and Mrs Laraine Perry were all in attendance as were representatives of local veterans organisations who also paraded their Standards and also members of the public. The Mayors were invited to plant the oak tree by Denis Grub, secretary of the RAFA branch, who also invited the guest of honour Group Captain Andy Cooksley, Officer Commanding Number 90 Signals Unit at RAF Leeming to unveil the plaque which was blessed by Father Harry Hopkins the recently retired vicar of St Paul’s Church in Thornaby and himself a former Royal Navy submariner.

It was good to see that Royal Air Force blue was very much on parade thanks to the cadets of Number 266 (Stockton) Squadron Air Training Corps who were led by Warrant Officer Shaun Stevenson and Flight Sergeant Steve Ringwood with Cadet Sergeant Cameron Murphy laying a wreath. Well done one and all!

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.