Photographs.  2012
Photos of events organised by Branches and Groups of the Suez Veterans Association
and photos of other events where members of the SVA took part.

Click HERE to go to the page with photos taken in 2011

SVA Area 3, South Yorkshire, held their Christmas Lunch on 11th December at the Gaskell's Restaurant, Wakefield.
Rod Bolmer sent these photos taken at the event.

The Area also visited the Search and Rescue Training Squadron at RAF Valley on 1st October.
Rod also sent the following four photos.

The SVA wives with two of the instructers

The group in a hanger of IV(R) Sqdn. (Hawkes.)

5 of them in Air Traffic Control.

Waiting for the evening meal at the Valley Hotel, Anglesey.

Approx 90 members and guests of the Sussex Branch of the SVA held their Christmas lunch at the
Langham Hotel, Eastbourne on the 16th of November 2012. 
The new Standard of the Sussex Branch.

Members of the Sussex Branch SVA enjoying their Christmas Lunch

Gordon Neave supplied the Sussex Branch lunch photos.

On Sunday 11th November after the Remembrance Service and Parade at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas
Patrick Kelly laid a wreath at the Suez Memorial on behalf of the Derby and District SVA Branch and Richard Woolley acted as escort. 

  (Oh heck, by the looks of it I shall have to go on a diet --- but not till after Christmas.  Richard.)

Scotland Group outing.

On Wednesday 17 October 2012, the Scotland Group visited the Riverside Museum and Tall Ship in Glasgow.

We saw railway engines, tramcars, motor cars, motor cycles, models of ships and many other interesting displays to remind us of Glasgow's industrial past.

The excellent audio-visual information enhanced many exhibits.  Entry is free, but there is a small charge for the tall ship.

There was time for a meal and a chat in the restaurant.  I recommend this to you.
There is adequate car parking, or you can catch the No 100 bus from outside the tourist office at George Square.
This is directly opposite the Queen Street railway station or a 10 mins walk from the Buchanan Street main bus station.

 George Robertson, Secretary Area 21.                  The following four Photographs by Hugh Campbell.

Some of the members who went on the visit and a shot of the museum interior.

The Dave Powis Seat

On Thursday 20th September Jan Powis and her sons had a seat dedicated to Dave at the 'Living Memorial' site which is set in the
beautiful grounds of Whitehouse Farm in Rettendon, Essex.
For many years Dave was a very popular and active member of the Association.

The seat dedicated to Dave Powis, late member of the SVA

The plaque on the seat.

Jan Powis, her three sons and members of the London & S. E. SVA Group
at the dedication.

On Saturday 22nd September some members of the Derby and District Branch of the SVA with other invited guests attended
Rolls Royce Heritage Trust Building in Derby for
a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for the Battle of Britain.
Here are a couple of photos.

SVA Members Eric Meeres - Richard & Liz Woolley - David Barlow - Hazel Meeres.
During the service David laid a wreath by the Memorial on behalf of the
Rolls Royce Heritage Trust.

Not the best view to see it but RR started up and ran a Merlin engine.

The SVA 2012 Autumn Reunion and AGM took place at Long Eaton over the weekend of 7th - 8th - 9th September.
Here are
Bill Hands, Tony Sheehan and Cedric Barker sharing a joke at the Gala Evening.

Also on the photo are - ? - Pauline Sheehan, Sheila Hands and Liz Woolley.

The Chairmans Table at the Gala Dinner.
L to R:  Ron Watt - Bill Lowe - Cedric Barker - Maureen Barker - Margaret Watts - Brian Watts

Two members of the 'Red Braces Brigade'.
Tony Spray and Fred Loach after the Gala Dinner.
Photos sent in by Bill Lowe.

On 15 August, a party of Suez Veterans from Area 21 Scotland visited Loch Lomond.
After a convivial lunch in the Tullie Inn, they boarded the Silver Dolphin for a cruise.
The weather deteriorated and the loch became choppy.  Mallish, the on-board commentary highlighted the places
of interest on the bonnie banks and all the group appeared to have enjoyed their day.



The above photos were taken by Hugh Campbell during the visit and sent for the website by George Robertson.

SVA member John (Jock) Marrs and his wife Ellen who have lived in Canada since the mid 1950s have just come over for an
organised tour of the UK.  On their journey north the coach had a comfort stop at the Tibshelf service station on the M1 and
members Tony Tolan, Richard and Liz Woolley managed to arrange a meeting with them at the service station.
Although the stop was for only half an hour they were able to have a good chat, exchange gifts and have photos taken.

Richard Woolley  -  John (Jock) Marrs -  Tony Tolan

Liz Woolley - Ellen Marrs - Tony Tolan - Richard Woolley -  John (Jock) Marrs
These are two of the photos taken when they met on the 1st September.   

Bill Lowe, the SVA Standard Bearer, with some other Suez Vets took part in the Sunderland Military Tattoo.
Armed Forces Day, 30th June 2012.
Bill sent in these two photos.

Bill Lowe. SVA Standard Bearer

Standard Bearers at the Sunderland Military Tattoo

On 23 May 2012, following lunch in the Royal Scots Club, members of the Scotland Group were transported to inside Edinburgh Castle where
they were greeted on arrival by SO2 Maj (Retd) Niall Archibald MBE and Garrison RSM Colin McCormack, who accompanied them on a tour of the Castle.
Two Privates from the Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Highlanders) escorted them to the Royal Palace, the Great Hall, Mons Meg and the One O'clock Gun.
They also saw the Honours of Scotland, viz the Crown, Sceptre and Sword of State plus the Stone of Destiny (won't tell you where the real one is hidden).
The group took time to pay their respects at the Scottish National War Memorial.  It was a splendid day in beautiful weather.
(Photographs by fellow member, Hugh Campbell and sent in for the website by George Robertson, AreaSecretary.)

The Lincs and Notts Area (5) recently enjoyed an outing to 'Mrs Smith's Cottage Museum' at Navenby.
Keith Norton, the Area Rep, supplied these two photos which were taken on the day,

Inauguration of the
London and South East Group's Suez Veterans Association Memorial Plaque
 at the Lazybones Living Memorial in Retterdon,Essex, on Wednesday 25th April 2012.
 Although the weather was awful about 80 people turned out to take part.  An avenue of 25 trees have been planted with plaques
containing the names of those
who lost their lives in the Suez Canal Emergency.
There is also a bench with two plaques naming the children who died in the Canal Zone.
The Shoeberyness Artillery Association sounded the two minutes silence with their six man team and twenty-five pounder field gun. 
John Norman recited the Tribute, Monty paraded the SVA Branch Standard and Roy Wilson sounded the Last Post on a bugle.

Photos supplied by Jenny Vickers.

Photo taken at the monthly meeting of the North East Group - 18th April
Bill Lowe on the right, almost hiding Ron Watt our Chairman.
A new SVA promotional banner shown in the background.

The Spring Reunion at Kegworth.  29th March - 1st April 2012.
The following 14 photos were taken and supplied by member Ian Wilson.

A corner table at one of the evening meals.

Viewing the display.....

Around another table.

Brian 'Mo' Watts being presented with a trophy for his work in
connection with the new SVA Memorial Plot at Alrewas.

Brian Watts being thanked by the Chairman, Ron Watt.

Liz Woolley about to present a bouquet to Margaret Watts.

Maureen Barker with one of the draw prizes.

Cedric Barker, Richard Woolley and Bill Lowe enjoying a joke.

.....and again.

And again.

Brian showing his trophy.
(An engraved coaster stand, a bottle of whisky and an engraved glass.)

Brian giving his speech of appreciation.

Cedric Barker leading the applause.

And the winners are.........Liz and John Innes !!

It  is regretful to announce that some of the people in the photos on this page have passed away. May they Rest in Peace.

Come on Area Reps, Secretarys, Organisers and members, event photos are wanted for this, and other pages.

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