I hope your readers can help me please?
I am in the process of tracing the lads that joined the Royal Navy with me back on July 21 980. As young, fresh-faced 16-year olds we embarked on a Naval career at HMS Raleigh down in Plymouth and our class was called Benbow 30 (pictured).
2012 is quite a poignant year, 30 years since the Falklands conflict, and most of the lads that joined on that date played some part in the war; hence we thought it would be a good time to get back together to share a few memories and a few beers.
To date I have traced ten of the original class of 22 and we have a reunion planned in Nottingham on August 31.
One of the lads was from Spalding and was called Rob Collins, but I haven’t heard from him or seen him for over 30 years so I am hoping we can trace him through your newspaper. My contact details are below:
Derek “Russ” Russell, firstname.lastname@example.org 07702 724747 , 01482611777.