Our Reunion Lunch: A memorable catch-up in Cardiff 

The Association’s reunion lunches are a wonderful opportunity for members to enjoy a long-overdue catch-up and strengthen bonds of friendship.

And this was the case at our gathering in Cardiff Bay on 20 and 21 May. All 12 branches were represented and met on the Friday for supper and to update on their news and activities, followed by the main event on Saturday.

Our venue was The Coal Exchange, a beautiful building steeped in history. Built in 1888, it served as a market floor and trading in coal across the world, including the first million-pound coal deal. A decade ago, it was derelict and almost demolished, but we were pleased to see it enjoying a new lease of life as a fine hotel and conference venue.

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Among the VIPs attending were Col Alison Farmer. Cheif Nursing Officer, who was warmly received for her final appearance as Association President before she steps down later this year, and our Colonel's Commandant Carol Kefford and Kevin Davies.

We also were thrilled to be joined by Vera Hay, Legion d’honneur, who turned 100 on 14 May and enjoyed a late birthday celebration with us. Vera’s long and distinguished career saw her nursing casualties of the blitz and caring for Dunkirk evacuees.

General Secretary Sue McAteer reported that the Association has seen an increase in membership across the board, including regulars, retired and reservists, and of course, more are always welcome.

We thank everyone who attended and made our two days in Cardiff so memorable and enjoyable and we forward to welcoming members to the next one.  You can view more of our pictures here.

Steve Bax
QARANC Gazette Editor  

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