AS is our wont, we'll start with some follow ups, which, this week saw quite a number commenting on Kenny Clay's ‘Milford trip to Blackpool’ photo.

Kenny Devonald spotted Mrs Frances Murrow, a young Ken Clay and his mum, Mrs. Richards, Melvyn Payne, Jack Evans and ‘Tommo the Coal’.

Gwyneth Jones from Neyland also recognised Ken and Mel, along with Louvaine Payne. Gerry Thomas picked out ‘Tommo’, and Ron Gulliver reckoned his cousin, Graham Phillips, was in there.

Pauline Brown said…"Blackpool. Used to go on these trips with Auntie Emmy (Mrs Richards). Lovely memories."

Patricia Hewett said…"Lots of familiar faces…including Carol Shields."

John Sanderson also named a few, including David Murrow.

Thanks to all who got in touch.

In our Trawler Corner is the Furze LT 95, a steel-sided trawler, built in 1911, in Govan. 99 tons. 86 ' long. She landed at Milford from Feb to Aug 1948, and from June 1950 to June 1955. Skipper from 1948 to 1954…Charles Wilson.

From around 1946 she was owned by Cairo Fishing Co (Yolland and Llewellin), Milford Docks.

Like many British trawlers, Furze was requisitioned for service during both world wars, and from 1914-18, she operated as a patrol boat, while, in 1943 she was converted into a Harbour Service water carrier.

Here, from the collection of the sadly missed John ‘Stevo’ Stevenson, are two snaps, one of the Furze, the other, a crew from Sept 1954.

Pictured, from left, back row: Skipper Charles Wilson…Lowestoft; Deckhands…George Owston and Cecil Beare; Cook…G.Nichols.

Front row: Boson…Jack Ashby, Gracechurch Terr, Pill, who survived the mining of the Charmouth; Deckhand…Raymond Harding, Starbuck Rd; Milford; 2nd Eng. J. Evans, Lewis St. Pem Dock; Ch. Eng. B. Hodds, Glebelands, Hakin; Mate..Ernie Nicholson, Glebelands, Hakin, a veteran of the Zeebrugge raid in 1918.

Now it's time to take another peek at the Army Cadet Force memories of Lt.Col. Doug Joyce.

When left his story, it was 1957, and Doug had started serving in the Neyland detachment, under Major Bert Morgan.

"After serving three years at Neyland, I took over command of the Milford Haven detachment, their Captain had just retired. Captain Roberts, also mine host of the Alma public house in Milford Haven. The detachment at that time, shared the drill hall with the 4th Welsh Regiment TA, under the command of Captain Peter Howells, later to move on for promotion to colonel, and Deputy Lieutenant of Pembrokeshire.

“At that time the cadets were badged to the 302 Field Regt R A. T A (PY). Sgt Major H. Kelly was my 2nd. I/C Cadet Sgt Major was Phillip Marchant, my top cadet, who went on to become a bank manager. I also remember his mate, Cpl. Terry Sheehan, also a younger cadet, Robin Thompson. He became a Sgt., and one of the best instructors I had during my time at Milford. His parents were stewards of the Conservative Club. At that time we had such a lot of cadets, it is so hard to remember all their names. Sgt. Major Kelly and myself used to train the PT team, and we would go round all the fetes in our county, giving demonstrations, which were always well received. One outstanding cadet in PT, as I remember, was Cadet Duncan, who later joined the Forces and became a chef.

“Some of our weekends were spent at Talbenny Airfield, we had the old gymnastic hall where we did our cooking and eating. All our exercises were done on the old airfield, and in the early days, we had no transport, so on Friday night we would walk with the cadets to Talbenny, and walk back to Milford on Sunday, early evening, as in those days, there was hardly any traffic on the roads. Some of the cadets had bicycles and used these to help carry the food and equipment."

We'll leave Doug's memoirs there until next time.

There were quite a few names he mentioned, who I knew so well…none more so, of course, than the Alma and Conservative Club!

Now for our teaser, set last week, by Les Haynes' great grandaughter Zoe.

The answer that the little minx wanted was GOLF, and teeing off properly were Joyce Layton, Ian Ginty McCarthy, Royston Holman, Gerry Thomas, Hoppy Atkinson, Charles Weatherall, Elinor Jones, Anne and Jets Llewellyn, and Joan Earles. Thanks to everyone who took time out to get in touch.

No TRM next week, but I'll be back to scratch your brains real soon.

One morning last week, as I was walking my little dog along the Rath, I stopped to pass the time of day with a familiar face (he knew my name…I'd forgotten his! Talk about embarrassed!) Anyway, he said how much he enjoys TRM, particularly when it includes something about the Wards Yard days. So, here's a snap from the terrific collection of my old Pill pal, Ivor Day.

It's the SS Antwerp. Launched 1919, which could carry 1,500 passengers, and in 1945, was used as a ‘leave ship’ on the cross-channel route.

She arrived at Wards Yard to be broken up in 1957, which just happens to be one of my favourite-ever years…because that was the year when Buddy Holly and the Crickets were at Number 1 in the charts with That'll be the day, the type of music which changed me forever.

That's it from me…next week I'm off to see the St Katharine Stratford Players do their stuff in their Easter panto...Cinderella. I've heard that ticket sales have been hectic…thank goodness I booked weeks ago. See you.