Here goes with another roller coaster ride of a column, in which we'll look at loos, limp warships and villagers' joy. What more do you want from a clapped out old geezer with a penchant for Milford's bygone days ?

Let's get rolling with this email from my old Grammar School pal, Graham Clarke.

"Jeff, a little more information following Peter Radford's email.

"About the gents toilets in Newlyn..if you have not been told by someone else, there were some, similar, on the docks.

"These were sited near to the hot water slip (dock end of Milford Beach), They consisted of three "U" shaped walls, with a smaller set of "U" shaped walls facing, and enclosed within the first set. The second set had one piece of wood with about four holes. The whole lot was brick built and roofed, but had no doors. It was very convenient if you were cut short. I used it many times.

"Your last show sounded great. I was only sorry I could not be there to see it."

Thanks for the gen, Graham. Pity you couldn't come home for the show, I know you would've loved it.

I think I may have mentioned it before, way back in the 1950's, when I was one of the Vicary Crescent sprogs, living on the Gunkle and Scotch Bay, one of the glorious bonuses on our doorstep, was the awesome Wards Shipbreaking yard.

Little did I think, all those years ago, that one day I'd be writing about those wondrous times, but here I am, doing just that.

And I've selected another ship from my Pill pal Ivor Day's list of vessels that were broken up, and scrapped, while we watched in wide-eyed, short trousered, wonder.

It's the HMS Alaunia 11 Built in 1914 as HMS Marshall Ney, by Palmers at Hebburn on the Tyne, 6670 tons. Length 355 feet. Crew of 170.

Built as an offshore, heavy gun support monitor, off the Belgian coast, she had 2x15 inch guns, 2x12 pdr guns, but as she managed only 6 knots on her underpowered diesel engines, she was never considered to be a success.

The guns reduced in size in 1916, when she became guardship for the Downs.

In 1920, she was disarmed, renamed HMS Vivid and became base ship at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport.

Then in 1931, when she was the stoker training ship at Devonport, with classrooms built on her deck, she renamed HMS Drake.

It was in 1947 that she was renamed as Alaunia 11.

Ten years later, on 6th October 1957, she arrived at Wards Shipbreaking yard, Milford Haven.

Top of the charts was Paul Anka's "Diana," which, having just joined the Mike Walters Skiffle Group, was one of the first songs I learned how to play on the guitar.

Here's a snap of the ship deemed too slow for comfort.

I've had another forage through the scrapbook of my good friend, and TRM devotee, Gerald Jets Llewellyn, who, after the Super Sounds of the Sixties show, is now better known as being Matt "the man" Page's grandad. Jets' memories included this "dream come true" moment for the people of Tish.

In May 1975, the WW Guardian described it thus:"A village with great community spirit, that's St Ishmaels. And last Thursday evening saw the culmination of the villagers' dream, the opening of their own Sports and Social Club.

"The fine new clubhouse completed within seven weeks overlooks the four acre sports field on the seaward side of the village, a sports and social complex which fulfils the hopes of many years.

"The sports field itself was given to the village by the man who has been the Club's President for many years, and who performed the opening ceremony, former sportsman and public figure Mr David Llewellin of Trewarren. He gave the field to the village way back in 1966, and ever since, local people have been striving to finance a club house.

"The new club is housed in a large sectional one storey building, has a beautifully appointed and comfortable lounge bar, and spacious public bar, plus the usual facilities. The central bar was designed and built by Mr D T Burrows of Hakinville Milford Haven."

Here's a pic of the Committee outside the clubhouse at the official opening.

Included are, Mr D C Llewellin, Mr J Llewellin, Mr Graham Sutton, Mr Tom Wood (Chairman), Mr John Bowen (Secretary), Mr Bill Roberts (Treasurer), Mr Hugh Llewellyn, Mr Gerald Llewellyn, Mr Hugh Devonald, Mr Keith Pawlett, Mr Lyndon Howells, Mr Ray Proctor, Mr Alan Jenkins, Mr Derek Jenkins and Mr Norman Cockburn.

Now teaser time, and last week's, set by the wily Les Haynes, caused quite a few concerns. The correct answer was 16 and those not found wanting were Joan Earles, John Glover, Margaret Jones, Anne and Jets Llewellyn, and Phil Jones.

Many thanks to all who got in touch. No teaser this week as I'm taking a short break to hone my bog-snorkling technique, before this year's championships. Someone told me it'll be a perfect cure for this chest infection of mine !

See you soon.