12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS:

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Hampshire's Jimmy Gray and Roy Marshall walk out to open the batting at Burnaby Road in a 1950s match

PICTURE GALLERY: Memories of Hampshire cricket at Burnaby Road

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Here we see Chief Petty Officer Les Russell stirring the Christmas pudding on board HMS Maidstone, a submarine depot ship, in December 1954.

Helping him, as is traditional, is the youngest sailor in the ship, on this occasion Jerry Locke.

My colleague Bob Hind and I wish you all a merry Christmas – be careful with that flaming pudding today.