We recently received this photo of a group of young men who got together on a very special day in the early  1970’s.  As you can see it’s a little bit fuzzy, but we’re hoping you can tell us who they are, where and when it was taken,  what was the occasion,  how many are still with us, and where are they now.  The photo itself is taken from a slide whch was not in the best of condition but we believe there are a few people out there in cyberspace who can put two and two together and come up with seven. names.


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#12 terry 2018-05-23 15:14
Did Des come out on this same flight?
Come on guys.

Editors note - Good question Terry. In fact this particular group flew to Bermuda on 4th and 5th November. Both Russ Delahaye and Des McGarr and Ruth came out on 5th November, while those definitely identified in this photo came out on 4th November as did Tony Smallridge so I believe we can conclude that the guy on the left of the photo is definitely Tony Smallwood.

Now, can anyone tell us how many of the guys are no longer with us?
#11 Mike Brown 2018-05-18 09:52
Sorry but I missed seeing Davie's comment re Des and Ruth. I concur with him!
#10 Mike Brown 2018-05-18 09:49
Ken and I are the ones behind sending the photo to Roger. The only one I have doubts about who's who is the extreme left. I know Des McGarr is mentioned but unless my memory is playing tricks on me (it's not that good at the best of time) wasn't his wife Ruth with him? Greetings from me to everyone who remembers me who reads this!

Editors note - Mike, many thanks to you and Ken for providing this photo. It seems we have doubt about just who is on the extreme left. Ideally it would be great to be able to contact Des personally. Woll also publish this photo on our ExPo Facebook page in hopes of spreading the message and somehow reach Des directly.
#9 Davie Kerr 2018-05-16 10:40
99% sure NOT Des McGarr as he joined with his wife Ruth, making them (as far as I know) the only married couple ever to be accepted by the Bermuda Police.
I'm happy to accept the ID of Tony Smallridge, always assuming that it is in fact him!

Editors note - That's an interested fact about Des and With McGarr. Would anyone still be in touch with them, so we can get their input?
#8 John Headey 2018-05-16 05:44
A further thought, if it was at Heathrow, Russ Delahaye wasn’t there. He arrived from Canada I think, having served in the Mississauga Police. We shared an apartment fir a while, on North Shore, St.Georges. He told me he found Bermuda lacking in excitement, which is the main reason he went to Hong Kong.

Editors note - Many thanks John. Will review the photo this weekend and the names mentioned so far to see if we might reach a consensus!
#7 John Headey 2018-05-16 05:40
I think Tony Smallridge is a good shout. I’m pretty sure it’s not Russ Delahaye- dark hair and too much of it !
I confess I couldn’t have said where it was taken- did we really dress in suits and ties for the trip ?
Ken is right about the overnight hotel, good old BA...or was it BOAC ?
Steve Taylor and Keith Cassidy just made the flight if I remember correctly, some London liaisons to blame !

Editors note - Let's keep this party clean! Yes, we really did wear those suits and thick ties.
#6 John Price 2018-05-15 09:08
Ken VT just sent me this "Juan,
Davie I think is right with the exception of extreme left who I believe is Tony Smallridge. The occasion was when we about to fly from Heathrow to to the Rock to join the job. (Nov 1971)There was a problem with the flight and BOAC put us in a Hotel at Heathrow for the night."

Editors note - Davie did say he wasn't sure of all the names so you are probablkt right about Tony Smallridge. Anyone else agree with John?
#5 John Price 2018-05-15 04:16
I think this might have been taken after a session at the rub a dub!
I would definitely agree with Davie, who normally has a far more cogent memory than most of us. Not often we see a photo of Ken "two rags" Vanthal in these pages.
#4 Brian Foster 2018-05-15 02:30
Davie is correct in every respect. November 1971.
#3 Jeff Baker 2018-05-15 01:34
I would say the person on the immediate left is Des McGarr. The rest I believe are correct.

Editors note - Mmmm. We seem to have a variety of opinions on the identity of the guy on the left. Any more suggestions?

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