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Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Noddy and Midge. Very sorry to hear your son Lee has had an accident. He’s a strong lad and am sure he will make a full recovery. Rooting for him. Stay strong. Jacko
Friday 15 February2019 - Aldershot

Dave and Pat Fox | ddf216~AT~aol~DOT~com
sad to hear about Lee Noddy Pat and myself hope he makes a speedy recovery he is a strong boy
Friday 15 February2019

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Thank you for the messages of support it means such alot to Midge and myself. Lee is now stable and all tubes are out,he gets mixed up with short conversation and gets very tired but that's to be expected,still early days.We are lucky he didn't damage his spine,broken leg broken hand and swelling to the brain.I will give sitrep in couple of weeks so Thank you all again Nod & Midge.
Friday 15 February2019 - Southport

TomWhiting | tomwhiting~AT~tiscali~DOT~co~DOT~uk
So sorry to hear of your son's accident and hope he makes a speedy recovery
Friday 15 February2019 - Crodon

Colin Bradbury | Colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Noddy & Midge, Sad to read about Lee, fingers crossed for a speedy and complete recovery. Worrying time for you guys, stay strong. Am in Oz at the moment and have just seen your post.
Thursday 14 February2019 - Esperance Western Australia

Eric Richards | erichards1 ~AT~sky~DOT~com
Best wishes to both hope your son makes speedy and full recovery
Wednesday 13 February2019 - Tamworth

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hope all goes well for your son Noddy & Midge.
Tuesday 12 February2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Rex Couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Noddy, our thoughts are with you and Midge. We hope Lee makes a speedy recovery.
Tuesday 12 February2019 - Birmingham

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
My Very Best wishes Noddy+Midge.Hope the lad makes a full recovery. Chris
Monday 11 February2019 - Llanelly Hill

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I hope your boy recovers soon Nod, I think I met Lee at one of the reunions a good few years ago
Sunday 10 February2019 - Pateley Bridge

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Noddy, is this the lad I baby sat many moons ago? Whatever, I hope the lad recovers quickly and back to full health.
Saturday 9 February2019 - Whitley Bay

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Just to inform the lads who know my son Lee that he was involved in a motor cycle accident on Thursday night no other vehicle involved. He took most damage to the head and has been in a coma ever since although he is breathing by himself now.There is no change in his condition but I will keep you informed.Most of his 3 para mates have sent messages of support. Cheers Billy& Midge
Saturday 9 February2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   My thoughts are with you & Midge

Steve Richardson | stever95~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I am seeking information on my late father who served with the 216 Para Signals in Cyprus & Borneo. My father Alan Liston Richardson sadly passed away on 15/12/2016
If any of the members remember Dad i would love to hear from them.
Best Regards
S. Richardson
Friday 8 February2019 - Portsmouth

Webmaster comments   Nice to hear from you Steve. I'm sure someone will remember your father. Did he live in Portsmouth and did he have a back problem.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Happy New year. Football probably had some bearing on knees. I did P Coy in 1962. The ITV series was pretty good.
Sunday 27 January2019 - Whitley Bay

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Chris was right about being told to bugger off but when I reported to the coy office I was told to get back on the course and it was only toward the end that I was told to pack my kit and report back to the Sqn. I must have been a clown to have gone back to 'P' Coy in the first place but my posting order sent me there.I thought that's the last time I will see this place "wrong" some years later back there on the staff for 5 years. Lucky me.
Sunday 27 January2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   You can never keep a good man down !

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Red Beret was given after last jump at Abingdon. Those were the days. I'm suffering for it now having had 2 full knee replacements, albeit 10 years ago.
Wednesday 23 January2019 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Happy New Year Terry - nothing to do with Football !! What year did you do it

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I am watching the Para Selection as we all are with interest and comparison, Noddy I remember that you and I were on P Company together. It turned out to be on your return to the Squadron. I remember when we turned up for our course photograph dressed in our BD's the course instructor noticed you had wings on his BD and after asking you what the score was told you to bugger off the course as nobody had to do pass P Coy twice. Chris
Wednesday 23 January2019 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Thanks Chris - Any more P Coy stories around....

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~comI
I agree Gus with your analysis.The recruits of course are built up so when it's selection they are well prepared unlike the all arms course which is bit of a shock to some. Notice the assault course, trainasium and Wales were not included as they do it time after time in training and they do the Fan on advance Wales tactics etc. I think the great Duke Man would appreciate the language 'God bless him' anyway not much has changed and still a very high standard.
Tuesday 22 January2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Do you remember when you were given your Red Beret - I seem to recall it was after your last jump at Abingdon

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
I thought that the portrayal of P Coy was quite accurate. Two things though, I don't remember that the language was that foul, but to todays young men I suppose it is not considered so, and we weren't called Joe but only referred to by the Number on our helmets. I also had studded boots but this was back in 58/59. I also thought that our Squadron Pre Para was harder that P Coy but then that was the idea of it. Only 4 passed.
Tuesday 22 January2019 - Hampshire

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Gus - do you still have that P Coy photograph.

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
If anyone is looking to go to Arnhem this year for the 75 anniversary of Operation Market Garden and are looking for rooms the Hotel Van Der Valk has rooms (not the cheapest) and about 4 miles out of Arnhem but as acomodation is VERY hard to com by in the area it might be something to look at.
Tuesday 15 January2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Thanks for the input Brian

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
HI gents. Sorry did not give Christmas and New Year greetings. Computer and me have not been "in the pink" but am plodding on Anyway, a Happy and healthy New Year to all. Take care, Norman and Mavis
Tuesday 15 January2019 - Darlington

Webmaster comments   Best Wishes Norrie + Mavis

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
The one aspect of the 'P'coy selection which should be remembered is that some did the trainasium in studded boots. It was quite eerie especially if on a winter course. The monkey run and shuffle bars R.T.U'd quite a few lads back then but those that followed in D.M.S. would have done it just the same. No good singers Keith only me and I will be belting some Billy Fury and Ricky Nelson out at the weekend.
Monday 14 January2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Ricky Nelson & Billy Fury - that dates you Noddy

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
They did say Joe meant "joined on enlistment" (though that makes no sense as, presumably somebody could transfer from another arm) but maybe drifted over from America's GI Joe
Monday 14 January2019 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Thanks Alan - noted. Yes, it might be interesting to know what happens when someone transfers from another Infantry unit to Para Regt.

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Watched part 1 and thought not a great change from my time on the P Coy staff I was quite pleased to see names being crossed off to retain the standard, well done so far. In answer to the name Joe, it's used for all recruits until they move to Battalion and get promoted to Tom.
Sunday 13 January2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Thanks Noddy now we know. You must have some good stories about P Coy - did you ever have any good singers

Mick Dawson | michaelwdawson~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Watched the TV programme, did wonder when the name changed from "Tom" to "Joe". BTW Happy New Year to all, I don't get on much.
Saturday 12 January2019 - UK

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Mick - thanks for your comments. Perhaps someone will enlighten us.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Please see below from Para Network

Dear Airborne Warrior,

‘The Paras: Men of War’ -a new real life, 3-part programme is starting on Thursday 10 January at 9pm on ITV.

This programme is being screened on ITV 1 in three parts, starting on Thursday 10 January

Series overview

“The moment I’m given that rifle and on that plane jumping out into a war-torn country… I’m not going to be able to call my mum and ask her to give me a hug. It’s about just growing a pair and getting the job done.” - Private Jack Kojo-Braima.

This brand-new threepart landmark documentary series features unprecedented and unfiltered access to the elite Parachute Regiment, after its doors were opened to a UK network broadcaster’s cameras for the first time in a generation.

Filmed over 12 months, the series goes into all aspects of this closed world which turns raw recruits into elite soldiers trained to kill. Young men, many still in their late teenage years, are pushed to the extremes of their endurance and learn vital skills on the brutal 28-week recruitment course aiming to gain their coveted maroon beret. Only a few of those who join up make it to the end.

With access to the regiment for the first time since the early 1980s, The Paras: Men Of War offers a unique perspective and unflinching account of what it takes to make the grade, as well as providing an intimate insight into the characters of the young men and the officers charged with transforming them into battle ready paratroopers, who are the first in to any conflict.

Throughout the series they talk openly about their experiences both in training and in combat - and reflect on the challenges they face, providing a view into the mindset of the soldiers and the reality of the unique culture of the Paras. The series also follows the recruits who make it into the regiment, filming them up close and personal on their first major assignments as they prepare for new military threats.

How, I wonder, will this ‘square’ with the latest series of Army recruiting posters! Just one example:

Saturday 5 January2019 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Edited to fit page but if anyone wants the full article let me know

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Merry Christmas and a great New Year to all of the 216 OCA.
Tuesday 25 December2018 - Horsham West Sussex

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all. Bob & Maureen
Monday 24 December2018 - lincoln

merry christmas to all you old and bold and a happy new year
Sunday 23 December2018 - geordieland

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Compliments of the season to all
Saturday 22 December2018 - Pateley Bridge

Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a bright and prosperous new year. Stay safe and be happy. Dave (Jacko)
Friday 21 December2018 - Aldershot

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Happy Christmas to All and a Good New Year. Chris
Thursday 20 December2018 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Chris - Seasons Greetings

Tom Whiting | tomwhiting~AT~tiscali~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Wishing everyone the best of everything for Christmas and the New Year
Wednesday 19 December2018 - Croydon

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Merry Xmas and a happy and healthy New Year to everyone.
Wednesday 19 December2018 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Thank you Terry

Norrie Clanachan | John~DOT~clanahan~AT~gmai~DOT~com
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from myself and Chrissie.
Tuesday 18 December2018 - Coleraine N Irland

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Terry you must be mistaken,I would be about 25 at the time I wouldn't need a baby sitter,I should have been big enough to look after myself. Yes I do remember Terry, Macadam square 1964 that baby is now 55 where does the time go? I also remember our sparring days in the Gym by the M.T.but you were to big for me.Great times mate, hope you and your family are all well, Have a good one Terry. Nod & Midge.
Monday 17 December2018 - Southport

Alex wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Keith, not 216 service, but Dave was a boy soldier at Denbury camp, I believe he was a J/SSM in Beaufighter troop so maybe if his daughter put a post on "Denbury Days" web site she may pick up some of his old mates and possibly some photos, hope this may be some help to her. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all.
Sunday 16 December2018 - Leicester

Webmaster comments   Thanks Alex - much appreciated. Marry Xmas mate.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
As baby sitting has been mentioned, Jess Harper used to bring his own airborne mug as he said our cups were too small
Saturday 15 December2018 - Pateley Bridge

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Yes happy for you to pass the information on Keith, I remember Dave as being just a thoroughly nice guy, he and Alan Sefton were well suited and made an excellent team of down to earth practical men.
Thursday 13 December2018 - Pateley Bridge

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I remember baby sitting for Noddy, many years ago.
Wednesday 12 December2018 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Wonder if Noddy remembers

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Keith, I also recall another snippet re Dave. He and Jess spent a night at our place in Willems Park shortly after they both passed selection. Dave couldn't escape the restrictions of Royal Signals so he left the Army, re-enlisted in the Scots Guards and then rejoined 22. He left the squadron as a Signalman and was a Staff Sergeant when he died.
Tuesday 11 December2018 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Thanks Alan, I think these are things that is daughter would love to know. Are you happy for me to forward your comments.

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
For the benefit of our webmaster. The term 'in the pink' has been used in the English language for centuries, my grandad used it quite a lot. There are many examples of using the word 'pink but the one I refer to means 'healthy both emotionally and physically there are many examples on Google if interested. Hope this clears up any doubts as to my sexual preference Mr Weller? although I do like strutting about in Midges clobber now and then.
Monday 10 December2018 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Thank you for those wise words Noddy, I never had any doubt as to your sexuality - not sure about the cross dressing though !!!

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I remember Dave Naden well, I was also the duty officer in Hereford when news of his death came through - Al Sefton rang through there and I was able to give him the bad news. I did some canoeing with Dave, he and Sef were the experts training the rest of us amateurs - on the Devizes to Westminster I recall going through Symands Yatt with Jackie Ferguson and finishing up with half a broken canoe each. Did the Royal Review with Dave on Long Valley, he was determined to get the rover up an impossible hill with the result that the C42 broke its mountings and flew out of the back of the rover just missing the guys behind. Always a pleasant and friendly guy,salt of the earth.
Monday 10 December2018 - Pateley Bridge

Paddy Dillon | Jim~DOT~dillon3~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I spent quite a bit of time with Dave in the FAC team, especially over here before the troubles.
Monday 10 December2018 - Belfast

Webmaster comments   Thanks young Paddy - we will contact you off line.

Dave. Parker | Watcot ~AT~ aim ~DOT~com
Just remember Dave and Al Sefton doing annual Devises/Westminster canoe race. Don't know how they fared. Hope you all have a good Xmas and happy new year
Sunday 9 December2018 - Halifax

Webmaster comments   Thanks Dave, appreciated your comments - Seasons greetings

Keith | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Dave Naden - We have received a request from Dave Naden’s daughter for information about Dave’s life in 216 back in the 60/70’s. We know that Al Sefton and Dave were good mates but unfortunately Al is no longer with us so can anyone else add any info on Dave’s time in 216 or willing to speak with his daughter. Let me know on the usual link or drop a note on the website.
Sunday 9 December2018 - Worcestershire

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Spoke to Ralph last night and he tells me Geoff Tidiman is fit and well,great news.Hope everyone is in the pink and keeping well.
Sunday 9 December2018 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Always in the PINK Noddy

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
As I am not one for Chritsmas cards (the wife did all that) I would like to wish all my friends I have on here a Very Merry and Happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2019
Wednesday 5 December2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Greeting to you Brian

Wee Mac | Macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Aye Wee Mac recalls it well, Noddies Dad (6 Abn Div) was a Sgt drill instructor and asked me to borrow my comb so that his wee boy could see the doc. I was worried in case the Nodwin had Lice !!!!! Great days Noddy. AAwwrrabest
Sunday 25 November2018 - Oz

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Nostalgic week,it's over 60 years since I had the great pleasure of meeting Wee Mac. It was the winter of 1958 and we were both waiting to see the M.O. if my memory serves me well Mac was in 5 troop and I was in 4 troop. I never saw him again until late 59 when I arrived at Barossa Bks, he got there before me by a couple of months. Good memories and pleased to say I think we are both fit and well for 78 years old. Any more old memories out There?.
Saturday 24 November2018 - Southport

Webmaster comments   I wonder if Wee Masc remembers the incident - he is getting on a bit !!!

Who was the first guy you met in 216

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