HMS Illustrious reunion could become regular affair

TOGETHER The heads of department from HMS Illustrious with Admiral Sir Jock Slater, the lady is the wife of a 'HoD' who died recently. Right, the front page of Monday's News. Main picture: Malcolm Wells (150411-6756)

TOGETHER The heads of department from HMS Illustrious with Admiral Sir Jock Slater, the lady is the wife of a 'HoD' who died recently. Right, the front page of Monday's News. Main picture: Malcolm Wells (150411-6756)

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The reunion of HMS Illustrious’ 1982 crew was a ‘spectacular success’ say organisers.

Around 150 of the company that went on HMS Illustrious to the Falklands to help with the clear-up after the conflict met at the weekend at Portsmouth’s Guildhall.

SPECIAL DAY Admiral Sir Jock Slater presents Abs Shirodkar with the South Atlantic medal

SPECIAL DAY Admiral Sir Jock Slater presents Abs Shirodkar with the South Atlantic medal

Admiral Sir Jock Slater, Lusty’s first captain, presented them with their South Atlantic Medal, which recognised their work.

David Rogers, who helped organise the reunion, said having Sir Jock there was a fantastic addition to the day.

Celebrations continued into the evening with veterans and family members sharing memories.

The night even featured a performance from 80s tribute band Back to Skool 
whose drummer Alan Moore, was a member of the Illustrious company.

Admiral Sir Jock Slater with the then-director of shipbuilding at the Swan Hunter yard that made Lusty Alex Marsh

Admiral Sir Jock Slater with the then-director of shipbuilding at the Swan Hunter yard that made Lusty Alex Marsh

David said: ‘It was an incredible evening and quite emotional having these old friends back together again.’

‘We’ve had lots of emails thanking us for organising the day and saying how fantastic it was.’

The 52-year-old hopes this weekend’s reunion will spark more meet-ups between the crew members, some of whom come from as far as Australia.

‘It would be great to plan for the future and continue to get together regularly,’ he said.

Speaking to Admiral John Tolhurst, former executive of the 1982 personnel, David believes reunions could happen every other year.

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