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GIBRALTAR 2012

MEMBERS FROM WORCESTERSHIRE VISITED GIBRALTAR BY KIND INVITATION OF THE EX MEMBERS OF THE WORCESTERSHIRE

REGIMENT THAT SERVED THERE AND NOW RESIDE ON THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR.

EVENTS THAT OCCURED THROUGHOUT THE LATTER PART OF APRIL 2012 WERE, MEETING IN CASEMATES SQUARE, A TAPAS NIGHT

AND PHOTO OPPURTUNITY WITH EX MISS WORLD!, A COACH TRIP FOLLOWED BY AN EVENING REUNION MEAL AT `BRUNO`S', AND A

MAYORS RECEPTION BY MAYOR AND JUDGE JOHN E ALCANTRA. C.B.E.  ALSO A FEW PHOTOS FROM VARIOUS PUB MEETINGS.

MANY THANKS GO OUT TO THE ORGANISERS OF THIS TRIP.

PHOTOS WILL BE UPLOADED ASAP AND NAMES WILL BE ADDED AS SOON AS POS.

IF MEMBERS WOULD LIKE TO SHARE SOME OF THE PHOTOS THAT THEY TOOK BY DISPLAYING THEM ON THIS WEBSITE PLEASE GET

IN TOUCH WITH ME BY EMAIL. nigelfish@ymail.com

MANY THANKS

PRICES FOR  PHOTOS / DISCS  ON PRICES PAGE 

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MESSAGE FROM PETER LINK:-

I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one that came over
to Gibraltar for the reunion.

This was your first visit to Gibraltar so i hope you and Anita had a very enjoyable time here

looking forward to seeing you back here soon. (Hope you got some good photo`s )

Thanks to BILL GOULD for supplying the caps with the Worcester badge on.

Thanks also to HARRY WARD for all the hard work he did back in the UK arranging
the accommodation here in GIB for those who came over from the UK.

Thanks to HARRY MASSAM chairman of the Worcester branch for his help, and for
the gift he presented to the Lord Mayor of Gibraltar.

To Stuart Mason for arranging a very good TAPAS night .(some good jokes from Symmonds and Docerty )

A very big thank you must go to TERRY DEELEY (Dinky) who arranged the transport from the airport to the hotels,also for

arranging the casemates get together/ the rock
tour/ and the dinner night at BRUNO`S/ plus arranging for every one

to meet the mayor of Gibraltar.        Pete Link.

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MESSAGE FROM BILL GOULD:-

Can you advise members that I still have some baseball caps left and will be bringing them to the Reunion on Friday at the Talbot and

Saturday at the rugby club any interested contact me on my email.  Same price  £10 each. they are maroon with gibraltar 2012 in

yellowy gold lettering and the worcesters badge in the middle.     Bill

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Had a request to put this email on the site a bit of humour, in light of the hold ups at the border

INTERESTING HISTORICAL FACTS

All right, Spain. You’ve asked for this.

You’ve issued one of your five-yearly threats to seize, impound, disrupt, tax or otherwise penalise Gibraltar

and its residents on the grounds that this small bit of rock is attached to the bigger bit of rock you call home.

For some, this provides irrefutable proof that Gibraltar is Spanish. Presumably in the same way that China is

Russian and Denmark belongs to Germany.

Not letting logic get in his way, your foreign minister has declared ‘the party’s over’ and threatened 100

euro fines for people crossing the border, banning flights from Spanish air space and generally started

behaving like Franco in a particularly belligerent mood.

Very well. Let’s look at the facts, shall we?

1. Gibraltar is about as Spanish as pie and chips. The first recorded occupants were Lebanese traders ,

followed by Germans, Romans, and the Islamic empire. The first castle was built by a Berber sultan and it

wasn’t captured by the Spanish until 1462.

2. Twelve years later you sold it.

3. You spent 200 years or so invading much of the world, killing millions of Amerindians with smallpox , and

burning and torturing those that survived because they didn’t think eating a thin bit of flour and water was the

same thing as eating the body of a man they’d never met .

4. You tried to do the same here, first by marriage and then by invasion . Not the best way to make friends.

5. You did nothing very much with Gib for two centuries and then lost it in a fight with us and the

Dutch. The fight was about whether a French prince could succeed to the Spanish crown and thus rule half

of Europe. Most of Europe didn’t like the idea, and you were invaded by pretty much everyone up to and

including the Holy Roman Empire.

6. Unsurprisingly, you lost. We all signed the Treaty of Utrecht in which the French prince was allowed to have

Spain so long as he promised to be nice and sign away a few things. Article X states: “The Catholic King does

hereby, for himself, his heirs and successors, yield to the Crown of Great Britain the full and entire propriety

of the town and castle of Gibraltar, together with the port, fortifications and forts hereunto belonging; and

he gives up the said propriety to be held and enjoyed absolutely with all manner of right for ever, without any

exception or impediment whatsoever.”

7. There’s not a lot of wriggle-room in that. Lawyers, eh?

8. What you gave us in 1714 was a 300-year-old Moorish castle, a medieval town and a fishing port. In

the years since we have turned it into a naval base, a financial centre, tourist destination and online gaming

base which turns over £650million a year and provides employment for 10,000 of your citizens. You’re welcome.

9. The last person who seriously laid claim to it is the fascist dictator you’d rather forget, and there were

referendums in 1967 and 2002 which found 99% of the population wanted to remain British.

10. In 500 years of warring you’ve lost far more often than you’ve won and you have, most noticeably,

consistently failed to win against us. You tried to seize Gibraltar by force twice in the 18th century and failed

miserably on each attempt, since we smashed your Armada in 1588 it’s never been the same since.

Considering all this, it is entirely understandable that with your economy on its arse, suicides endemic

following eviction and a government not so much beleaguered as halfway to hell and still digging you

might feel the need to hark back to the days of empire and rattle the old sabre a bit.

You are though on rather shaky ground, not just because you signed a contract and the  30,000

Gibraltarians want you in charge of them about as much as they want to contract the ebola virus.

Oh and I heard the Spanish have territory in North Africa that they won`t give back.  A bit of double standards!.

Thought I`d just add that bit. N

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CASEMATES SQUARE

THIS AREA WAS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE OLD CASTLE AND WAS IN THE CONFINES OF THE OLD 15TH CENTURY SPANISH

TOWN. AFTER 13 SIEGES BY THE SPANISH THIS AREA WAS IN SUCH RUIN THAT IT WAS PULLED DOWN AND THE SQUARE WAS

MADE IN 1731.

 AT CASEMATES SQUARE THERE ARE  BARS RESTUARANTS AND ARTISANS SHOPS. NEAR CASEMATES GATES IS THE GIBRALTAR

CRYSTAL GLASS FACTORY, WITH GLASS BLOWING ON DISPLAY.

 

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MEMBERS AND FAMILY GATHER AT CASEMATES SQUARE
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BRENDA HUGHES & VINCENT `NASHERS' EDWARDS
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L>, BAZ COOPER, VAL TUDGE & BRENDA HUGHES
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L>, BILL GOULD , FRANK WARD
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L>, FRED TAYLOR, TERRY `DINKY' TAYLOR
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L>, `MINI' COOPER , BAZ SYMMONDS & ALAN DUTFIELD
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MICK GRAHAM & BRENDA HUGHES
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NIGEL & ANITA FISH
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