Greetings to you all from the Isles of Deliberation as the festive season approaches. I hope this finds everyone in fine fettle and ready to tackle the agonies of having to enjoy oneself by partaking of copious quantities of liquid refreshment and filling ones stomach with all sorts of fattening nourishment. I know – we’ve all got to play our part!!!
Unfortunately, this past conference fell on the dates that I was away leading an expedition across the “Levka Ori” – The White Mountains that run from North to South across the island of Crete. I do this in honour of all the brave servicemen who had to escape from the German forces during 1941. My father was one of them and out of his unit of 417 men only 14 escaped from Crete alive. Everyone I have taken across always says how they now appreciate the terrible hardships that those men had to endure. There are no trees, bushes, rivers or streams up there and you have to know how to find water and to survive such a harsh environment. This year the temperatures were above 40 degrees !!! The expeditions always end with a visit to the Allied War Cemetery at Souda Bay where some of my dad’s men rest in peace.
As an aside – The Official Monster Raving loony Party flag has flown from the highest peak there – over 8,000 feet. Bloody good it looked too.
Three weeks after getting home I was struck with a virus which just about saw me off – put me in a bed for 5 weeks – and unfortunately the quacks can still not diagnose what is the matter with me. Personally, I think it is just me becoming a geriatric loony – but the determination is as strong as it ever was so I am looking very forward to being with you in Belper next year. I may have to borrow Lord Sutch’s spare coffin but -I SHALL BE BACK!!
I am sure you will all join me in wishing our Leader the best of health himself now that he is all wired up with the latest machinery – Howl on Laud !!
Many congratulations to all those members who stood during the elections in all parts of the Realm during 2016 – you certainly did the PARTY PROUD. Plus returned deposits – whatever next? My thanks also to The Stalwart Manchester Branch who sent me a Christmas Card -it’s on my desk now.
So, may I wish you all a great loony Christmas and an even loonier New Year. Have a cracking time and we shall meet next september.
with fond wishes – and memories
The Jersey Flyer – Chairman.