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Offline John Aherne

Re: Live Blog from the QE2 Story 50th Anniversary Conference
« Reply #20 on: Sep 22, 2017, 09:11 PM »
Hello, My name is John Aherne. I worked on the QE2 from March 1972 until June 1978, working in the Restaurants. Started as a Commis Wtr, and then waiter. Are there any crew members who worked on the QE2 back then. Thanks,
John

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Re: Live Blog from the QE2 Story 50th Anniversary Conference
« Reply #21 on: Sep 22, 2017, 09:40 PM »
What's that on the balcony?

Is that her paying off pennant?!?! Oh my it must be!
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Offline Brandon Sterkel

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« Reply #22 on: Sep 22, 2017, 10:17 PM »
So wonderful to see all these pictures of the conference! Great to see the Paying-off pennant!
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Re: Live Blog from the QE2 Story 50th Anniversary Conference
« Reply #23 on: Sep 22, 2017, 11:07 PM »
Hi,

I've just returned to my hotel after a few hours in the Crowne Plaza bar with old and new QE2 friends.

Today was an absolute triumph, and the committee deserve huge congratulations. Everyone who spoke to me loved the day, was impressed with organisation.  It was fast-paced, interesting, had a "bit of everything", it really was a packed day.  There was no chance of dosing off, because you'd miss something!

I never thought until today that I'd be sharing a table with Scott Clegg, Michael Gallagher, Stephen Payne and Nick Bates, all QE legends in their way, and all part of the QE2 Story.

Tomorrow is the boat trip, which everyone's looking forward to.  Our boat, the clipper, is already tied up across from the Crowne Plaza and ready to take us down to Clydebank in the morning.
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« Reply #24 on: Sep 23, 2017, 04:29 AM »
Hi Rob

A great achievement, well done. Your Dad would be very proud.

Sorry I could not be there, currently in Hong Kong. My Best regards to everyone.

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« Reply #25 on: Sep 23, 2017, 08:21 AM »
Is that her paying off pennant?!?! Oh my it must be!

Yes, we had three wonderful flags 'flying' in the hall. The 39ft Paying Off Pennant, a Cunard House Flag, and a huge which was flown from QE2's stern flagpole. This flag even has areas of soot staining! Really special to have these with us at the celebrations. Thank you Flagship.

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« Reply #26 on: Sep 23, 2017, 01:00 PM »
QE2s flag is flying on the Clyde again
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« Reply #27 on: Sep 23, 2017, 01:56 PM »
The QE2's flag at the Titan Crane, John Browns
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Re: Live Blog from the QE2 Story 50th Anniversary Conference
« Reply #28 on: Sep 23, 2017, 01:59 PM »
QE2 fans arrive at the former site of John Browns
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Re: Live Blog from the QE2 Story 50th Anniversary Conference
« Reply #29 on: Sep 23, 2017, 03:23 PM »
What an absolutely wonderful remembrance of our beloved QE2 !   :)
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Re: Live Blog from the QE2 Story 50th Anniversary Conference
« Reply #30 on: Sep 23, 2017, 08:36 PM »
John Little reveals that the conference received a letter from her majesty the Queen.

Could the letter please be posted here for all to see ? Thanks ! from June.  :)
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Re: Live Blog from the QE2 Story 50th Anniversary Conference
« Reply #31 on: Sep 24, 2017, 04:05 PM »
It would be interesting to hear how the numbers were split, ie forum members and locals , l think its great how the guy who made the funnel was there !! and that there appears to be a diverse range of people attending
What is clear is that everyone seemed to have a great time, l only wished l could have made it ! 
The organising behind such an event is a credit to the organisers and the team behind the scenes.
Who would have thought all this possible on the 11th November 2008..
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Offline Grill Britannia

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« Reply #32 on: Sep 25, 2017, 01:35 PM »
Captain Nick Bates takes to the stage

He was excellent. We were all rolling about with laughter. Met him to get his book signed. An absolutely lovely man. I can well understand that he was a great captain for the QE2 although never managed to sail with him. 8) 8) 8)
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« Reply #33 on: Sep 25, 2017, 10:57 PM »
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  He was excellent. We were all rolling about with laughter. Met him to get his book signed. An absolutely lovely man. I can well understand that he was a great captain for the QE2 although never managed to sail with him.     

Try getting through a Dinner with him on his table...Now thats not an easy task , Boy can that man host a table !!! ;D
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Re: Live Blog from the QE2 Story 50th Anniversary Conference
« Reply #34 on: Sep 25, 2017, 11:00 PM »
He was excellent. We were all rolling about with laughter. Met him to get his book signed. An absolutely lovely man. I can well understand that he was a great captain for the QE2 although never managed to sail with him. 8) 8) 8)

He was an excellent captain on QM2. His midday voyage reports were always amusing with his anecdotes and little stories!
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« Reply #35 on: Sep 26, 2017, 08:42 AM »
He was excellent. We were all rolling about with laughter. Met him to get his book signed. An absolutely lovely man. I can well understand that he was a great captain for the QE2 although never managed to sail with him. 8) 8) 8)


Must say that I also really liked him, even the charities he works for these days it something I really admire, helping the less fortuned under need us.

 

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