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QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« on: Jan 03, 2014, 02:30 PM »
QE2 Story Gathering 2014 - Liverpool - 31st May




Friday Evening

20:00 onwards meet at the Crowne Plaza Residents Lounge. 
23:00 fireworks display

* Saturday Morning 8:30 - 12:00 - Tour and reception on-board Cunard's Queen Victoria in Liverpool, followed by group tour of the Cunard building

* Saturday 13:30 - 15:30 - Lunch (Crowne Plaza, Sandwich Buffet lunch £14.95 ).  Please let us know if interested so we can book space.

* Saturday 15:30 to 16:30 - Watch Queen Victoria Sail.  Please join us.

* Saturday 19:30 til Late - Dinner and possibly late drinks[/color].




QV Visit Attendees List

Lynda Bradford
Tom Bradford
Simon Claxton
Rob Lightbody 
Paul Donnelly   
Alan Snelson
Karen Snelson
John Little
Rosemary Little
Graham Taylor
John Lomas (JDL)
Patricia Lomas 
David Templar
Susan Dempster
Sharon Whitehead
Gill Trueman
Rosie Claxton

Not going aboard QV, but joining us in Liverpool

* Pete cain (lunch/afternoon)

On board QV for this voyage, so will join the get-together from aboard
* "SueOnOneDeck" - Sue Hoffman



« Last Edit: May 27, 2014, 09:26 PM by Rob Lightbody »
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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #1 on: Jan 03, 2014, 02:33 PM »
Hi Rob,
Yes definitely interested. Two of us (Alan and I) if possible for lunch on QV and everything else up to Sunday lunch time. Will it start on Friday evening?
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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #2 on: Jan 03, 2014, 02:36 PM »
Hi Rob,
Yes definitely interested. Two of us (Alan and I) if possible for lunch on QV and everything else up to Sunday lunch time. Will it start on Friday evening?
Regards,
Catherine

Its not lunch!  Its drinks + light canapes, in the afternoon - exact timings to be confirmed.

The idea for the weekend is Saturday + Saturday evening + sunday up until early afternoon.

But delighted to have you aboard :)
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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #3 on: Jan 03, 2014, 02:43 PM »
That's great Rob. Didn't read it properly in all the excitement. However no doubt we will have a food stop somewhere along the way in Liverpool?
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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #4 on: Jan 03, 2014, 04:08 PM »
Thanks Rob,

Just to confirm myself & Karen for the QV visit and all the other fun stuff too. It will be great to finally meet some of the people that I have come to regard as friends.

Will send passport details etc by PM.
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Offline Lynda Bradford

Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #5 on: Jan 03, 2014, 05:14 PM »
Tom and I will be attending and looking forward to meeting other forum members at this event.  Good that even although there are limited places for the QV visit, we can still meet to wave the ship off and for drinks later. 
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Offline Cunarder Man

Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #6 on: Jan 03, 2014, 05:14 PM »
Rob, many thanks, Rosemary & I will be very happy to join the party, all activities. Cheers.

Offline QE2 whistle

Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #7 on: Jan 03, 2014, 05:37 PM »
Hi Rob
Nice to hear from you and a happy new year to you.
Shona and I would loved to have joined you in Liverpool but unfortunately we are away on a cruise from 22nd May till 3rd June.Perhaps we will meet in Liverpool in May 2015 when the 3 Queens call there.
All the best for 2014
Alan & Shona

Offline Graham Taylor

Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #8 on: Jan 03, 2014, 11:38 PM »
Hello Rob.

Firstly a very Happy New Year to you all.

After missing the Clyde get together last year I would be very interested in joining everyone on board QV. The other suggested activities, particularly a visit to the Cunard Building, sound wonderful.

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #9 on: Jan 03, 2014, 11:53 PM »
Hello Rob.

Firstly a very Happy New Year to you all.

After missing the Clyde get together last year I would be very interested in joining everyone on board QV. The other suggested activities, particularly a visit to the Cunard Building, sound wonderful.

Graham

Thanks Graham, Happy New Year to you too, and good to hear from you.

I've added your name to the list for the QV Visit. 

Details will be coming soon about the Cunard building visit (if it can be arranged) and timings etc.

Cheers,

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #10 on: Jan 03, 2014, 11:55 PM »
Hi Rob
Nice to hear from you and a happy new year to you.
Shona and I would loved to have joined you in Liverpool but unfortunately we are away on a cruise from 22nd May till 3rd June.Perhaps we will meet in Liverpool in May 2015 when the 3 Queens call there.
All the best for 2014
Alan & Shona

Very sorry you won't be able to join us!  Maybe we'll still do some sort of Clyde gathering, and we can see you then in between cruises!?

And yes, there's always Liverpool 2015!

Cheers,

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #11 on: Jan 03, 2014, 11:56 PM »
Rob, many thanks, Rosemary & I will be very happy to join the party, all activities. Cheers.

Oh that's great news, looking forward to seeing you then!!
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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #12 on: Jan 04, 2014, 12:20 AM »
Very sorry I won't be there -- expecting visitors who depend on mid-term holidays to come with my godchild and his brother :) .

Hope you all have an excellent time -- and looking forward to pictures and reports!

Offline Bruce Nicholls

Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #13 on: Jan 04, 2014, 10:43 AM »
Sorry can't commit to this though we would love to. However heading for the West Coast this year so may see a fellow member or two there.

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #14 on: Jan 11, 2014, 05:26 PM »
I can't believe there are still places available for the QV visit in Liverpool at the end of May.

I really thought Rob would be fighting people off for this trip !!
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« Reply #15 on: Jan 11, 2014, 09:21 PM »
We haven't booked it yet as we are on board QM2 for her 10th Anniversary Celebratory Transatlantic Crossing on the 9th May 2014, but also hope to be either on board Queen Victoria for 100th Aquitania trip, if not then will be in Liverpool on the 31st either way.

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #16 on: Jan 12, 2014, 02:23 PM »
Thanks.

The Clyde gatherings have always been terrific fun, and this adds the special element of a visit on to QV, which I thought would be of interest to those of us who don't manage to cruise, and also to those of us who struggle to get to Southampton!

Even without the QV visit, we'll have a lovely time with the other things we can do and everyone who says they're coming can help us decide exactly what to do.
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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #17 on: Jan 23, 2014, 08:26 PM »
Anyone else?

This exclusive offer gets you on board Queen Victoria for FREE while she's in Liverpool.

First come first served.
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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #18 on: Jan 30, 2014, 07:26 PM »
Hi,

Has been a couple of years since I posted on here due to a change of jobs but I've been an avid watcher!  Please can you put me down for myself and a plus one - now need to decide if to take the wife or my dad!

Due to our proximity to Liverpool I will drive over rather than stay over!

Cheers John

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 30, 2014, 08:04 PM »
Yes please put me down for qv visit. David Templar

Offline Derek Ferguson

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« Reply #20 on: Jan 30, 2014, 08:53 PM »
Would love to attend and as I live locally can guarantee availability for the QV reception.  Please advise via derekferguson5@gmail.com or to g 01704 834105 before Wednesday next weekas we are off to Jamaica.
Thanks
Derek

Ps My lovely Sue would love the opportunity to have an inside look at the QV
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Offline Lynda Bradford

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« Reply #21 on: Jan 30, 2014, 09:09 PM »
Susan Dempster has also contacted me to say she would love to join us onboard Queen Victoria
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 30, 2014, 09:32 PM »
Just one place left for the onboard visit to the Queen Victoria. 

In addition to the visit onboard Queen Victoria we hope that we will be meeting for drinks and the other activities which we hope can be arranged.  So even if you do not get a place for the Queen Victoria visit please still think about meeting up with us, especially if you live near Liverpool. 
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 31, 2014, 03:04 PM »
Hi
Please can you add my friend Sharon Whitehead to the Queen Victoria visit.  Sharon (Shay) worked on the QE2 and has recently cruised on both QM2 and Queen Elizabeth so she will love to see the QV.  We are both looking forward to meeting you all and to seeing Lynda and tom again.
cheers
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« Reply #24 on: Jan 31, 2014, 04:28 PM »
Would love to attend and as I live locally can guarantee availability for the QV reception.  Please advise via derekferguson5@gmail.com or to g 01704 834105 before Wednesday next weekas we are off to Jamaica.
Thanks
Derek

Ps My lovely Sue would love the opportunity to have an inside look at the QV
Please note, my Sue is Sue Ellis, and not Ferguson. Can you amend your list please?  Many thanks...Looking forward to meeting you. We are away on holiday from 6 feb till 22 Feb. Let me know when you require passport info...best regards...Derek and Sue
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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #25 on: Feb 01, 2014, 05:59 PM »
Welcome aboard everybody!

More details to follow.  The visit on board Queen Victoria has been confirmed as being from 9am until 12am - a tour followed by a reception in Hemispheres up top.

If this timing gives anyone a problem, please let us know.

We're thinking of having a loose agenda for the rest of the day, based on what everybody wants to do.  We're investigating a potential tour of the Cunard building.
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Offline Michael Gallagher

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« Reply #26 on: Feb 02, 2014, 12:19 PM »
For those in Liverpool on the Friday night (30 May) there will be fireworks (time TBA) on the Mersey to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the departure of Aquitania (30 May) on her Maiden Voyage and the first overnight by a Cunarder on the Mersey for almost 50 years!

Queen Victoria will arrive at 1000 hours on 30 May and sail at 1630 hours on 31 May.

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« Reply #27 on: Feb 02, 2014, 01:03 PM »
For those in Liverpool on the Friday night (30 May) there will be fireworks (time TBA) on the Mersey to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the departure of Aquitania (30 May) on her Maiden Voyage and the first overnight by a Cunarder on the Mersey for almost 50 years!

Queen Victoria will arrive at 1000 hours on 30 May and sail at 1630 hours on 31 May.

Thanks for the update Michael.  The fireworks display at Liverpool for previous around Britain cruises have been fantastic, so everyone who is going to be in Liverpool on the Friday evening can look forward to this treat. 
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« Reply #28 on: Feb 02, 2014, 01:06 PM »
Thanks Lynda. Other treats are planned for the Friday night as well on the Pier Head.

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #29 on: Feb 02, 2014, 03:36 PM »
All this sounds very nice and exciting!

Wish I'd live closer...

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« Reply #30 on: Feb 02, 2014, 08:59 PM »
For those in Liverpool on the Friday night (30 May) there will be fireworks (time TBA) on the Mersey to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the departure of Aquitania (30 May) on her Maiden Voyage and the first overnight by a Cunarder on the Mersey for almost 50 years!

Queen Victoria will arrive at 1000 hours on 30 May and sail at 1630 hours on 31 May.

Great programme, looking forward to the weekend in Liverpool. Flags will be flying!

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #31 on: Feb 03, 2014, 10:05 AM »
Thanks Lynda. Other treats are planned for the Friday night as well on the Pier Head.

Brilliant, am I correct in thinking you will be on board Mr G?

John

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #32 on: Feb 03, 2014, 12:43 PM »
Any ideas where everyone might be staying? I am planning to arrive on the Friday through to the Monday with a side trip before or after over to Belfast to see the Titanic Quarter. I'm probably going to book into the Malmaison, which is directly opposite where QV will be berthed.

On a side note, now that Cunard appears not to post up online a list of the senior officers onboard their vessels, does anybody know the whereabouts of Jacqui Hodgeson - Hotel Manager (I think she may have moved over to QE from QV), also Jonathan Leavor (Purser) and John Davies, who may be on QM2. If any of them are onboard it would be good to see them after 20 years.
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« Reply #33 on: Feb 03, 2014, 04:57 PM »
Reply for Graham Taylor, sorry I can not help with the Purser's, however J. Hodgson is back on board Queen Elizabeth as of 4th December 2013 until 02nd March 2014 as far as I believe. Hope this help's a little bit.

Maybe we should have a different Topic title "Cunard officers etc..."

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #34 on: Feb 03, 2014, 05:06 PM »
Maybe we should have a different Topic title "Cunard officers etc..."

The topic is here -- updates would be very welcome!

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,358.0.html

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #35 on: Feb 03, 2014, 06:01 PM »
Any ideas where everyone might be staying? I am planning to arrive on the Friday through to the Monday with a side trip before or after over to Belfast to see the Titanic Quarter. I'm probably going to book into the Malmaison, which is directly opposite where QV will be berthed.

On a side note, now that Cunard appears not to post up online a list of the senior officers onboard their vessels, does anybody know the whereabouts of Jacqui Hodgeson - Hotel Manager (I think she may have moved over to QE from QV), also Jonathan Leavor (Purser) and John Davies, who may be on QM2. If any of them are onboard it would be good to see them after 20 years.

We are staying at the Crowne Plaza which is the nearest to the berth, 3 nights Thursday to Sunday.

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Re: QE2 Story Gathering - May 31st 2014, Liverpool
« Reply #36 on: Feb 03, 2014, 07:33 PM »
Hello all,

We've had 2 cancellations - Alan and Catherine Dunipace (they send their apologies!) so there are now 2 slots available again.

Also, Sue Hoffman "SueOnOneDeck" has said she's going to be aboard QV anyway, so she'll join us on board that way.  If anyone else is going to be aboard for this voyage, please make yourself known to us beforehand so we can meet up.

Keep an eye on the first posting on this topic for the latest lists.

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« Reply #37 on: Feb 03, 2014, 10:55 PM »
Hi Rob,

I have a six year old daughter who would be very happy to attend.  But, I do realise this would mean me having 3 places so am happy to wait and see if the remaining two are filled by anyone else - is that ok?

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« Reply #38 on: Feb 03, 2014, 11:46 PM »
Hi Rob,

I have a six year old daughter who would be very happy to attend.  But, I do realise this would mean me having 3 places so am happy to wait and see if the remaining two are filled by anyone else - is that ok?

Jdl

There's still a few months to go to fill the last places, and no doubt someone else will be unable to come too. We'll stick to 2 places each for now though, but your offer is noted!
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« Reply #39 on: Feb 04, 2014, 09:46 AM »

Reply for Graham Taylor, sorry I can not help with the Purser's, however J. Hodgson is back on board Queen Elizabeth as of 4th December 2013 until 02nd March 2014 as far as I believe. Hope this help's a little bit.

Maybe we should have a different Topic title "Cunard officers etc..."

I had a feeling Jacqui was now on the QE so thanks for confirming that.
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