SMHS meeting: Members' evening

16 Jul 2014

July's meeting has traditionally been Members' Night, perhaps a misleading title as non-Members are equally welcome! This is the evening where the floor is thrown open to the attendees, who turn up with an array of oddly-shaped items squeezed into ancient bags and memory sticks bulging with photos, plans, records and other treasured discoveries they are keen to share with the group.

Pete Hibbs, only recently having stowed away the Vickers gun he displayed at Seahaven Armed Forces Day pitched up with a Sten gun, simple and efficient this piece was a workhorse, even copied by the Germans.

Rob Harvey got perhaps the loudest cheer of the evening. An array of medals, followed by a collection of helmets ‘n' goggles, stretching from WW1 through to the first Gulf War, and a disposable grenade launcher all of which he had brought down on the train from Norwich!

Peter Tyrell's presentation covered the tank ranges at and around Belle Tout, Seaford and Michel Dean, including some excellent photos of the Belle Tout Lighthouse in varying states of disrepair.

Time ran away with us and all too soon we were packing up bags to go home. Perhaps the Committee may come under pressure to hold these evenings more often…


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7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Function Room of the
Royal Oak Public House,
Station Street, Lewes,
East Sussex.


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