The 50th. Anniversary of
the Yangtze Incident.
Sunday 25th. April 1999.
Sunday 7:30 and time to rise to get ready for our return to Plymouth for the Service of Thanksgiving. Outside it was overcast and damp but we hoped it would brighten up as we travelled south. Around 9:30 Dad, Lyn and I set off, first to Bideford to collect Ron Cranleigh who also served on HMS London during the commission, and then on to Plymouth.
Our journey south was uneventful apart from the rain. Dad and Ron swapped memories as we drove through Torrington and onto Tavistock, skirting Dartmoor on the way, and then dropping down into Plymouth. As we arrived at the gates to HMS Drake we were welcomed, checked-in, issued with a pass and directed to the car park. The wind had got up and the rain was slanting down heavily as we sat in the car and watched the Cadets, who were to act as ushers, march smartly up to the church of St. Nicholas.
Mother nature sheds a tear outside St. Nicholas' Church, HMS Drake.