Here we go again with memories galore.

I'm delighted that last week's column instigated quite a few responses, and I'm also very grateful for the kindly and caring comments I've had from so many.

Jean Buckingham's email was one such piece of correspondence.

"Hi Jeff, so sorry to hear you have been in the wars, sometimes it seems like an age thing!

"Just been doing the Talking Mercury. Re photo - I think it was taken on the corner where the Waterloo Club is now. I didn't know it was originally Lloyds Bank.

"These are the same group of men who founded the Club, 1933, the year Victoria Bridge was opened, and this group organised the gifts and festivities for the opening, for Hakin.

"My grandfather, James Ritchie, third row, in a light coloured raincoat; little Billy Davies in front of him, sitting, with a flat cap on (they were partners in Ritchie & Davies). And on the left of the picture, looking suntanned, is Eddie East, my uncle. Far right, I think, is Alf Laycock.

"Lots of familiar faces, but can't remember their names, I'm sure someone will.

"Hope that helps, all the best. "

Thanks Jean, it certainly does.

And from Bob Kettle, on the same subject, came this email.

"Hi Jeff, good to have you back on duty. Re the photo in this week's paper. I've seen it before in a book. Which book is the problem!

"I'm sure that the photo was taken in Waterloo Road, outside your old watering hole, the Waterloo Club. Now, where is that book?"

Cheers Bob, let me know when you finally trace your missing tome.

This week, instead of TRM's Trawler Corner, I've taken another look into the Wards Yard scrapbook history, making use, once again, of my old Pill pal Ivor Day's catalogue of vessels that were laid to rest there.

This one would have been one of the earliest to arrive at the Milford outlet of the Wards shipbreaking group, it's the HMS Desperate.

"Built by John Thornycroft at Chiswick in Feb 1897, 352 tons. Length 210' with a crew of 65.

"Armed with 1x12 pdr QF gun; 5x5 pdr QF gun; 2x 18" torpedo tubes.

"She was at Queen Victoria's Jubilee at Spithead in 1897, and was tender to HMS Excellent (gunnery school) at Portsmouth, all through World War 1.

"Her arrival at Wards was in May 1920."

Here's a snap of her, along with an old snap of Wards, which, I think, originally came to me from Bob Kettle.

Last week's teaser darned a few socks, the answer being A NEEDLE, which was easily spotted by Frances Owen, Jean Buckingham, Joyce Layton, Les Haynes, John Glover, Anne and Jets Llewellyn, Margaret Jones, Ken Goldspink, Phil Jones , Ann Marvelly, Joan Earles, Charles Weatherall, Elinor Jones.

Try this one. What is unusual about the following words ?


I thought I'd finish this week's column by using another gem of a snippet, taken from Gerald "Jets" Llewellyn's box of St Ishmaels memories.

"Monday evenings at St Ishmaels Sports Club are traditionally peaceful, so, when there was an outbreak of noise, whoops, and girlish laughter in the huge function hall, it was perhaps, only natural that a few 'regulars', who were enjoying a quiet pint with cheerful bar steward, Alan Llewellyn, should peek through the door and investigate.

"Their first instinct was to think that perhaps the Chippendales had invaded the sleepy village, but closer investigation revealed that the cause of the merriment was a ballet dance routine, in which well known cricketers, Martin Davies, Eric Griffiths, and the comparatively sylph-like Keith Pawlett were involved.

"I'm reliably informed that all three looked resplendent in their silky white tights and fluffy little dresses and that there was no shortage of nifty footwork.

"It all turned out to be a great success and I've been promised a picture of the Tish Sugar Plum Fairies."

Sounds like it would've gone down a storm in one of the Mercury Talent Contests.

Finally, I'm grateful to John Rackley, who recently gave me a collection of old Milford snaps, to use, as and when, in our TRM's.

Right, that's all from me. See you soon.