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SIR - On September 8, 1969 six blokes from Falmouth came to Bideford apprenticeship training centre along with some trainees from Penzance Bristol and Cardiff. I remember some of the local lads, Chris Smith, Barry Ackland. Once a week we would all go to

SIR - On September 8, 1969 six blokes from Falmouth came to Bideford apprenticeship training centre along with some trainees from Penzance Bristol and Cardiff.

I remember some of the local lads, Chris Smith, Barry Ackland. Once a week we would all go to Barnstaple College for courses in metallurgy and shipbuilding.

Up the High steet was a bar called The Swan where we would have gone for a drink had we been old enough, which we were not!

During that year we were invited to the opening of Appledore covered dry dock, plus some of us got a free flight to Majorca.


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After finishing my apprenticeship in 1973 I visited and later emigrated to Canada, where I am still welding for a living, and have my own business since 1997.

I would like to hear from any of the blokes. You can reach me at mcbcontracting@gmail.com

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Michael Bullen, Ontario, Canada.

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