Reasons to be respectful part 2

An especially-adapted train for royalty arriving in the dockyard for the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906.

Was Edward VII the only royal to use this Portsmouth branch line?

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I could not believe the amount of replies I received about my comments last week on how people are spoken to in shops.

So many agreed that going into shops and being called ‘mate’ lowered the rating of the said business immediately and many just wanted to walk out.

Others said that it is not a form of inverted snobbery to want to be called sir or madam - it is just the way people want to be spoken to and deserve if patronising a business.

Shall I start a campaign for customers of businesses to be called something other than mate, pal, guys, mush or cus? Something needs to be done by owners of some companies.

· Royal Guard Commander

I’ve written a fair bit about HMS Ganges recently and I’ve now been sent a lot of info and photographs about HMS St Vincent, which was in Gosport (and is now St Vincent College). I will include this in weeks to come.

Just another snippet about the time the Queen visited Ganges in 1961 comes from Michael Nash. He tells me he was the Queen’s Guard Commander on the day. He was standing just behind the Queen when she was on the rostrum.

More interesting was that Mike tells me before joining the navy at Ganges he was an ‘Arethusa’ boy. She was an ex-four masted barque and grain carrier that was called Peking.

She is now in America as a museum ship. Having passed through Ganges, Mike received an award for being the best turned-out ex Arethusa boy to pass through the establishment. He went on to serve his country for 24 years.

· Victoria’s Cross

Next Tuesday is the anniversary of an event many may not know about. For it was on August 2, 1858 that Queen Victoria was in Portsmouth to present 12 officers and men the cross that bears her name, the highest and most prized reward for exceptional bravery.

At that time the cross was worth but a few pence in monetary means, but to the men who were awarded the Victoria Cross it had value above rubies.

The whole of the troop from the town garrison were on parade and 20,000 people of Portsmouth were also there to greet the Queen who had founded the noble award and come to honour the brave men to whom she presented it.