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Offline Aileen Riddet

Memories of the 70s
« on: Feb 13, 2018, 10:28 PM »
I was lucky enough to go on two Med cruises in 1973 and 1974.   On the first cruise I had a huge crush on the DJ, Johnnie Sinclair.  On the second cruise, I got to know him better (all entirely innocent I can assure you!), he was 21 and to me at 15 very wordly - he was a really nice guy and I used to sit behind him on a big orange piano while he did his set every night. I had a dedication on WQE2 radio!

The glamorous hostesses were the "QNettes". Joe Loss was the Band Leader, Percy Thrower was the rather grumpy "Celebrity" (or one of them) on one of the cruises......

On my second cruise, one of our waiters was called Peter Hek. He featured in a documentary on BBC some time in the 70s. He was absolutely hilarious - he used to ring me in me in my cabin and say my mother was waiting and hurry up for dinner. For some reason, he gave my sister and I the names Fred and Dennis.  He was one of the best things about the holiday - mealtimes were hysterical.

I wasn't allowed in the Casino as I was only 15 but I remember thinking that's where I wanted to be; with furs and diamonds - rather like the opening of the Persuaders!! 

Happy memories, albeit somewhat naieve!




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Re: Memories of the 70s
« Reply #1 on: Feb 13, 2018, 10:31 PM »
I was lucky enough to go on two Med cruises in 1973 and 1974.   On the first cruise I had a huge crush on the DJ, Johnnie Sinclair.  On the second cruise, I got to know him better (all entirely innocent I can assure you!), he was 21 and to me at 15 very wordly - he was a really nice guy and I used to sit behind him on a big orange piano while he did his set every night. I had a dedication on WQE2 radio!

The glamorous hostesses were the "QNettes". Joe Loss was the Band Leader, Percy Thrower was the rather grumpy "Celebrity" (or one of them) on one of the cruises......

On my second cruise, one of our waiters was called Peter Hek. He featured in a documentary on BBC some time in the 70s. He was absolutely hilarious - he used to ring me in me in my cabin and say my mother was waiting and hurry up for dinner. For some reason, he gave my sister and I the names Fred and Dennis.  He was one of the best things about the holiday - mealtimes were hysterical.

I wasn't allowed in the Casino as I was only 15 but I remember thinking that's where I wanted to be; with furs and diamonds - rather like the opening of the Persuaders!! 

Happy memories, albeit somewhat naieve!

Welcome aboard Aileen  :) . Happy memories like many of us here have - definitely treasured!
First travelled on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and travelled on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008 - we had the better view!

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Re: Memories of the 70s
« Reply #2 on: Feb 14, 2018, 12:37 AM »
Awesome memories, Aileen! Welcome to the forum!
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Re: Memories of the 70s
« Reply #3 on: Feb 14, 2018, 03:50 AM »
Welcome, Aileen, to The QE2 Story Forum. And many thanks for sharing your wonderful memories. Hopefully, you will share more, and do you have photos ?  :)
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