We welcome another Royal M.P., L/Cpl Brian Hayward, who served for one year in Fontainebleau from Jul 1958. After his military service Brian spent 30 years with Courtaulds Textiles in Sales and Marketing ~ he now runs his own Sales Agency and lives in Ringwood with his wife Barbara. A keen angler Brian is Secretary of his local fishing club Downton A.C.
Following publication of a letter from Cpl Andy Andrews who commented on the ITV programme "LADS ARMY" the Daily Mail forwarded an invitation to him to join our Association. After serving a printing apprenticeship Andy signed on for 3 years with the Royal Signals and spent most of his service from late 1954 until early 1957 at Quartier Lariboisiere. Whilst there, Andy represented the unit at boxing and hockey and took a team to Dusseldorf for the Rhine Motor Cycle Trials. As a driving instructor he spent many happy days roaming the French countryside and bought his first car ~ a 1928 Oldsmobile for FFr5000 (a fiver). Not wishing to return to the printing trade Andy found employment with one of the UK's leading suppliers to the building trade and was appointed to a managerial position after 2 years and later he became the Company's Buyer. After 36 years service Andy took early retirement at the tender age of 59. Among his interests Andy names rifle shooting (representing Surrey in the 1970s), sailing, making dolls houses and miniature furniture and, more latterly, bowls, both indoor and outdoor. Andy lives in East Sussex with his wife Lesley.
Cpl Colin Hogg (RAF Police) was tracked down by Keith Adams having lost touch 41 years ago. Colin served at Fontainebleau from Dec 1960 until Jun 1962 when he was posted to Bomber Command, RAF Gaydon. Whilst there he became Director of Broadcasting launching an outside Broadcasting Unit that gave him the opportunity to interview many showbiz stars of the 1960s. On demob Colin was appointed Chief Inspector, Quality Control for a firm in Coventry. With a theatrical background and a natural ability to sing it was inevitable that he would tread the boards. After turning professional Colin had success in the Country and Western field and toured with many American artists ~ he had a Fan Club and his concerts were sell-outs. In the 80s Colin retired from singing and took a proper job with a firm of solicitors in charge of their archives. Colin is looking forward to retiring next year so he can devote more time to doing charitable work for ex-servicemen. Colin lives in Warwick with his wife Daisy.
National serviceman SAC Keith Vining, was a Crypto Mechanic in the Communications Centre from Sep 1960 until Mar 1962. After the RAF Keith established his own business selling, renting and repairing TV sets and this has now grown to 6 shops in the Somerset and Wiltshire area. Surgery to his upper spine 8 years ago left Keith partly paralysed on one side but he manages to lead a fairly active life. Now semi-retired he is building 3 houses at
the rear of his home in Wells to where he recently moved with his wife Susan.