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The Inaugural Reunion was held 11 September 2010


Saturday 11 September 2010 saw 80 guests attend the Inaugural Reunion organised by the FNC Past Students' & Staff Association(The Association) in Fleetwood.


Some of the present and past staff-members in attendance included John Laughland, Ray Pilgrim, Ted Hackett, David House, Steve Musgrave, Maurice Wilson, Jack Howarth, Pete Smith, Arthur Bill, Brian Moore, Alan Hinch, Joan Brand, Peter Hills, Alan Ollerton, Neville Watson, Don Cameron and Tony Dumbell. Some of these and past students who attended have been associated with the College from as far back as 1954.

Guests travelled from as far afield as New Jersey, USA and Ontario, Canada.


The most popular comment made by those who attended this Inaugural Reunion was "when is the next one scheduled".


The day started off at 12.30pm with Registration, refreshments and Welcome at the College's Broadwater site where Head of Campus John Matthews delivered an enlightening recent history of the College - especially the happenings that occurred in the difficult 1980s and 1990s. He outlined how the staff rallied in the face of severe threats to the continuation of the College due to the major changes in the size and make-up of the British Shipping Fleet. A future was plotted by innovative diversification which eventually took the College from the edge of extinction to become the leading UK Off-Shore Survival Training Institution that it is today. Prince William did his SOLAS training at FNC in early 2010 prior to commencing his Helicopter Air Sea Rescue training at RAF Valley, Isle of Anglesey.


A very entertaining and interesting series of tours of the College's facilities completed the afternoon session with Ted Hackett demonstrating the latest Satellite Radio Communications Systems, Joe Bottomley demonstrating the SOLAS Iimmersion Pool and Helicopter Simulator and Martin James & John Matthews providing an amazing demonstration of the Ship's Bridge Simulator - so realistic it was just like being back at sea for many of us as we swayed from side to side and tried to regain our sea-legs.


The evening social events commenced at 5pm with guests arriving at Fleetwood Golf Club for drinks which were followed by a 5 Course Gourmet Dinner. The Dancing started at 9.30pm and continued until 12 midnight to live music by Linda & Dave thomas of Studio Two.


On Sunday about 20 of the guests (mostly those who stayed overnight) enjoyed a great value Carvery Farewell Sunday Lunch at The North Euston Hotel as the chatting sessions continued from the previos day.







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Fleetwood Nautical College Past Students' & Staff Association

Report on the Inaugural Reunion

which was held

11 September 2010


The Broadwater College Campus &

Fleetwood Golf Club

Photo shows about 50 of the 80 guests who attended.

Photo courtesy of Steve Bowden