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QE2 VE Day 1995 - Plymouth
« on: May 08, 2020, 10:52 AM »
From Michael Gallagher, with gratitude, who was onboard this day. 
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Under the command of Captain Keith Stanley QE2 made her maiden call at Plymouth on Monday 8 May 1995. The call was made as part of a seven-night VE Day Commemoration cruise which left Southampton on 3 May and returned there on 10 May after calling at Gibraltar, Lisbon, Plymouth and Guernsey.

QE2 sat majestically inside the breakwater at Plymouth defiant and proud and provided the perfect backdrop to the activity in the shore while drawing huge crowds to Plymouth Hoe. She remained there until 2300 hours and passengers had the perfect vantage point for the grand firework display that took place just before she sailed. Images by Gordon Frickers and Copyright.

QE2 arrived in Guernsey the following day to take part in the islands Liberation Celebrations.

























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« Last Edit: May 08, 2020, 02:14 PM by Rob Lightbody »
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Re: QE2 VE Day 1995 - Plymouth
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2020, 02:10 PM »
Thanks so much for putting all of this together for us on this important day Michael.

She looks absolutely fabulous in those photos, and it looks like a lovely day.  I can imagine the excitement Guernsey guests must have felt as they were tendered out for their tour and afternoon tea on board - lucky them!
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Re: QE2 VE Day 1995 - Plymouth
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2020, 02:49 PM »
I loved the speed stripe.  She should have kept it.

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Re: QE2 VE Day 1995 - Plymouth
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2020, 06:18 PM »
Wonderful photos and information, thank you Michael! I recall seeing a vlog type video of this day and a news report on either Facebook or YouTube sometime last year. They made excellent viewing, but alas I cannot seem to find them :(
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First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

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Re: QE2 VE Day 1995 - Plymouth
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2020, 04:19 PM »
Alamy has 3 rather fabulous images available to buy

https://www.alamy.com/search.html?qt=qe2%20in%20plymouth%20sound&imgt=0
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Re: QE2 VE Day 1995 - Plymouth
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2020, 04:21 PM »
And here's a video on Youtube

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Re: QE2 VE Day 1995 - Plymouth
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2020, 04:35 PM »
« Last Edit: May 11, 2020, 04:41 PM by Rob Lightbody »
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Re: QE2 VE Day 1995 - Plymouth
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2020, 04:49 PM »
BBC News - showing QE2

QE2 is shown at 6m10s

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