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Welcome To Tadcaster…

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Tadcaster’s New Community Website

The Olympic Torch Going Through Tadcaster In 2012

Tadcaster Hosts A Jubilee Concert

The attendance for the Queens Jubilee celebrations was phenomenal

Bring The Family For A Day Out

If you’re looking for somewhere for a day trip, call and see us!

Tadcaster Carnival 2013 A Huge Success

Tadcaster Carnival 2013

Welcome to the Tadcaster Citizen, the new and improved Tadcaster community website.

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Tadcaster

 

Welcome to the Tadcaster Citizen, the new and improved Tadcaster community website. Whether you are looking for what’s on in Tadcaster, local business listings, market days, or general interest news, you will find it here.

Tadcaster, a town steeped in history which is surrounded by the amazing North Yorkshire countryside. Tadcaster is the last town on the river Wharfe before it merges with the river Ouse which is approximate 10 miles further downstream.

Our town is twinned with Saint Chély d’Apcher in France and has been since 1999.

Not only is Tadcaster home to three famous breweries but also the oldest brewery in Yorkshire – Samuel Smith’s which has been brewing fine ales since 1758. Samuel Smith’s is the only surviving independent brewery in the area and the oldest brewery in England.

Tadcaster was founded by the Romans, who named it Calcaria from the Latin word for lime, reflecting the importance of the area’s limestone geology as a natural resource for quarrying, an industry which continues today and has contributed to many notable buildings including York Minster. Calcaria was an important staging post on the road to Eboracum (York), which grew up at the river crossing.

You can find out more about Tadcaster by clicking Here

Tadcaster Carnival 2014 was another resounding success, if you’d like to view some of the photos of the day please feel free to click here

The photo below was taken by Paul Hoaksey on carnival day and I think it is one of the best photos of the day and really shows the family spirit on carnival days…

Tadcaster Carnival 2014

 

Below is the events and classes calendar for Tadcaster 2015 which has been compiled with the help of Lucy from The Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster… If you would like to advertise your event here please drop me an email with the details and it will appear shortly.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes every Tuesday from 1000-1100 at the Boys’ Sunday School .[...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 1 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 2 Years 2[...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO LOOK GREAT AND FEEL FANTASTIC ALL MY CLASSES ARE RUNNING THAT[...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of people so come on your own or with friends.  [...]
2
3
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  – The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the music will only leave you wanting more. See you on the[...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from 7:30pm.  
4
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster
5
6
7
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 or 80, male or female, these British Wheel of Yoga hatha[...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & Tap classes Junior – 3.45 – 4.30 – Ages 8[...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster
8
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes every Tuesday from 1000-1100 at the Boys’ Sunday School .[...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 8 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 2 Years 2[...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO LOOK GREAT AND FEEL FANTASTIC ALL MY CLASSES ARE RUNNING THAT[...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of people so come on your own or with friends.  [...]
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10
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  – The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the music will only leave you wanting more. See you on the[...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from 7:30pm.  
11
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster
12
13
14
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Sep 14 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 or 80, male or female, these British Wheel of Yoga hatha[...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & Tap classes Junior – 3.45 – 4.30 – Ages 8[...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster
15
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes every Tuesday from 1000-1100 at the Boys’ Sunday School .[...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 15 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 2 Years 2[...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO LOOK GREAT AND FEEL FANTASTIC ALL MY CLASSES ARE RUNNING THAT[...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of people so come on your own or with friends.  [...]
16
17
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  – The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the music will only leave you wanting more. See you on the[...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from 7:30pm.  
18
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster
19
20
21
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 or 80, male or female, these British Wheel of Yoga hatha[...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & Tap classes Junior – 3.45 – 4.30 – Ages 8[...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster
22
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes every Tuesday from 1000-1100 at the Boys’ Sunday School .[...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 22 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 2 Years 2[...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO LOOK GREAT AND FEEL FANTASTIC ALL MY CLASSES ARE RUNNING THAT[...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of people so come on your own or with friends.  [...]
23
24
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  – The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the music will only leave you wanting more. See you on the[...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from 7:30pm.  
25
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster
26
27
28
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 or 80, male or female, these British Wheel of Yoga hatha[...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & Tap classes Junior – 3.45 – 4.30 – Ages 8[...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster
29
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes every Tuesday from 1000-1100 at the Boys’ Sunday School .[...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 29 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 2 Years 2[...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO LOOK GREAT AND FEEL FANTASTIC ALL MY CLASSES ARE RUNNING THAT[...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of people so come on your own or with friends.  [...]
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Staying Informed…

When you are out and about in Tadcaster you can pretty much guarantee that you are going to find out something new each day. The problem is that unless you tell someone the news, no one else knows. We’re not talking about Chinese whispers or gossip, we are talking about factual information which may affect people in Tadcaster, but if they’re not informed, they are missing out.

Tell us what’s coming up for local events, what’s on at the Riley Smith Hall, new pub openings, proposed building schemes,, you can send us pretty much anything you think is useful to the people of Tadcaster and we will find a place for it on the website.

 

Don’t forget to check the Tadcaster Town Council website for local Council News – Town Council

BBC News - England

The latest stories from the England section of the BBC News web site.

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92-year-old from Tadcaster honoured by Vladimir Putin

Mike Laycock, Chief reporter / Saturday 22 August 2015 / News

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Jim Robson with the Ushakov medal. Picture: David Harrison

AN ARCTIC convoy veteran from Tadcaster has been presented with a special medal – courtesy of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

More than 70 years after Jim Robson took part in Allied efforts to deliver supplies to Russia as it fought the Germans in the east during the Second World War, the Russian Embassy has sent him the Ushakov medal.

An accompanying letter to the 92-year-old states: “On the instructions of President Vladimir Putin, I have the honour of presenting to you Commemorative medal marking the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.”

It said thousands of Allied seamen lost their lives as British ships sailed in the ‘unwelcoming, stormy waters of the Arctic Ocean under a constant threat of being attacked by German U-boats and aircraft’.

It went on to say: “Your heroism will always be remembered in Russia and Britain. Your deeds will continue to serve as the supreme expression of bravery and a high point in human spirit.

“I am confident that it was not by accident that our nations found themselves on the right side of history, which the followers of the ideology wanted to stop, while depriving nations of their inalienable right to decide their destiny.”

 

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The Ushakov Medal and citation sent to Mr Robson by Russia. Picture: David Harrison

The Press reported in 2012 how a York convoy veteran, Bill Sunderland, was disgusted after the British Government blocked Russian plans to present him with the Ushakov medal, saying it breached the rules on the acceptance of foreign awards.

Mr Sunderland went on to be presented with a new British medal, the Arctic Convoy Star, in 2013 just months before he died.

Mr Robson said he had received a letter from the Russian Embassy in 2013, saying that just before the visit of Putin to Britain, it had been agreed that the British Government would give permission for the Ushakov medal to be presented, and a list of prospective recipients was being drawn up, which would be forwarded to Moscow for a special decree to be signed by Putin to confer the honour.

Mr Robson said he filled in a form and sent it back, and then forgot all about it.

“It was so long ago,” he said. “It turned up in the post last week without any warning.”

He said he had joined the Royal Navy in 1942 and had always hoped he would not be sent on the convoys. He said he went on one trip to Russia, which by good fortune happened to be in July, and so he avoided the savagely cold weather which left ships covered in ice during winter convoys.

 


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