Suffolk Regiment in Cyprus

“Old Boys” Christmas Reunion

By Margaret Sheard…

The lads who served with the Suffolk Regiment in Cyprus in 1958/59 still try and get together as often as they can at reunions through the year and Christmas is one of their special times, although sadly they have lost some of their comrades during the last couple of years.

Suffolk Regiment Xmas 2015
Suffolk Regiment Christmas Reunion 2015

On 6th December, the lads met up at the Rushbrooke Arms in Sicklesmere, Bury St Edmunds for their annual Christmas Reunion and as normal they had plenty of reminiscences to talk about as well as enjoying a lovely lunch together.  There was  sad note to the gathering with the absence of Ginger Bob Vine who sadly died in August.

Derek Chilvers does so much work in promoting the memory of the Suffolk Regiment time in Cyprus and this is what he has said about their Christmas Reunion.  Derek, together with Chris Veness Black, work hard to arrange the Suffolk Regiment reunions and they do a brilliant job.

Chris Black and
Chris Black and Pat Arbon (Corporal in 7 Platoon)

The reunion was a lovely get together and in attendance were Barbara and Noel King, Jackie and Brian Stock, Chris and Rosie, Mick Burland, Les Andrews, Pat Arbon, Cyril Slinn, Terry Covell and myself.  We enjoyed a lovely meal and a drink or two and talked about old times as usual and the inevitable photo albums came out and we had getting on for three happy hours together and then as we left Taff Gillingham the Army Historian turned up so we chatted to him while we all took our turn at paying for our food then it was into our cars shouting our farewells to each other.

Their next reunion is to be in March 2016 (date to be confirmed) which will include the NS6 Skiffle gig which was so successful in 2015, and there will also be another meet up in April 2016.

NS6 Skiffle Group 2015
Suffolk Regiment – NS6 Skiffle Group in 2015

For the past few years we have met up with Derek Chilvers, Mick Burland and Terry Covell, as well as ex-servicemen from other Regiments, at the Remembrance event at the Old British Cemetery in Kyrenia in November.   It is lovely to meet up with them in person and spend time with them and it would also be great if more of the Cyprus veterans were able to make the journey to Cyprus in future years.

A Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to Derek, Chris and all the “lads” of the Suffolk Regiment in Cyprus 1958/59.