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BOB weekend

Date: 14th July 2013

On the Saturday evening before BOB day there is a dinner for the Veterans and I was fortunate enough to be invited. Each year a few have left us - and one or two more are using walking sticks or need a wheelchair.

CAS Sir Stephen Dalton and his wife were guests of honour and after his imminent retirement he will remain associated with the BOB.

It was the 20th Anniversary of the BOB Memorial so our Patron, HRH Prince Michael graced us with his presence on Sunday. The weather was perfect and the crowds turned out in full to watch the ceremonial and the flypast of the Spitfire and Hurricane. I have been a guest at the occasion each year since 2007.

This year was particularly special as we had with us Hubert de Lisle and his son. Hubert is married to the youngest niece of Rene Mouchotte and gave me immense help with my documentary on Rene. Also as a guest was Major Olivier Renard President of Souvenir Francais of which I am a proud Patron.

It was a wonderfully busy day because I then had to change clothes and travel to London to attend a Birthday/Bastille Day Dinner given by the lovely designer Roland Klein from whom I bought clothes until he retired. He had asked that we dressed in red, white or blue. At last I was able to wear the dress I bought for my special Birthday last year.  Having donned it and feeling very de rigeur, my son said 'don't like that' - so I went and changed and the dress has been sitting in the wardrobe for 18 months.  

Ten years ago Roland  gave a wonderful Birthday celebration at his home in the South of France. We all had to dress in white. The evening was spectacular. Roland does everything in style and with exquisite taste.

This time, I had to forego the dessert in order to catch the last train. I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.

Col. Hubert de Lisle and yours truly at the Wall of Remembrance, Capel le Ferne.

BOB weekend

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