For more than 70 years, it was officially known that no German force set foot on British soil during World War Two (the Channel Islands excepted), on active military service. Captivating an audience of over 40 HRS members and guests, Adrian Searle had revealed on Wednesday 16th November Night Talk details from his recent book about the remarkable story of the 1943 seaborne German raid on an Isle of Wight radar station.
September’s talk was a hugely enjoyable occasion with Ray Allen, creator of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. An audience of 70 was almost rolling in the aisles, hearing of Ray’s many mishaps and tales of woe trying to get S M D ‘A ‘E taken up by broadcasters. It is to be hoped that both the Society and Yelf’s Hotel remain in business, as Ray’s track record of putting the kiss of death on his previous places of employment is somewhat worrying.
Thanks to David and his team for the organisation of the event, Yelf’s for allowing free use of the room, and special thanks to Ray for waiving his ‘appearance fee’, thus enabling the whole of the magnificent total of £334 from ticket sales and the raffle to go towards the ongoing work in the Centre.
On 20th July at the Yelfs Hotel, Mike North had deligted HRS volunteers and guests with a well documented presentation about the First Life Boat and the Tyne Pilots, starting from the first attempts to set up a Life Saving Organisation to the presentation of photos and information regarding the First Ryde Life Boats. Answering interesting questions in front of an audience of over 20 people, followed by a Raffle, Mike’s free of charge talk has helped Historic Ryde Society to raise £140. Thanks, Mike.