Great Runs Ashore


Lantern Swinger
I remember the first time I went ashore down Union Street. We were visiting from Pompey, whilst staying at whale Island (HMS Excellent) preparing to do a Royal Guard for the Queen in Poole.

The first thing I recall was seeing a bootneck dressed up as a woman with a bowl of fruit on his head and then another load of bootnecks dressed up as old women complete with coats hats and handbags. What I didn't know then was my civvies wardrobe was about to take a turn and start building up from Toga to suzzies, batman outfits, cowboy stuff and all kinds of crazy drab. 8O :D

Its amazing, what a great atmosphere fancy dress creates. Great fun and excellent runs ashore .

The guy I went with was called Nobby Clark. He was former 40 Cdo before joining 45. He always found it difficult to trap because he got so shiters. Sooooo, one night he went ashore with his pyjamas, alarm clock, towel and dhoby bag, complete with full wash kit. And, guess what..... yep you guessed it, he ended up filling his dhoby bag with ale and drinking gallons getting shiters and still didn't trap. However, his teeth were shining brightly as he kept brushing them and swilling his mouth with ale. Of course, he didn't waste any beer, that would have been worse than being a plumbs rating!! :D

RM Poole During the display put on for the Queen, 1984:

Best run ashore I ever had was the Phillipines in 88 (Outback on the Ark). Only place I have ever paid someone to do my duty!!!

Or Roosy Roads in Peurto Rico, 6 weeks in the sun, to fire 4 missiles!!! Had to endure this 3 years running by Crab air!!!!
I can't be arsed to explain exactly the reasons why but my top 5 looks like this:

1. Montevideo
2. Barcelona
3. Budapest
4. Newcastle
5. Cardiff

Rio would have been in there if it hadn't been built up so much and ended up a little bit of a dissapointment. That said, abiding memories of riding up and down copacobana beach ringbolted in a golf cart with the club swinger sat in the basket on the front shouting Borat quotes to every passer by and launching donuts at thong wearing Brazilian men was a true highlight. Take a bow clubs, you know who you are.

I have Talinn and Oslo coming up and I fully expect one of them to creep in to the top 5.
Liverpool for me. Turning up at Altcar ranges thinking "great, middle of fcuking nowhere again.." and then discovering the train station at the bottom off camp with a regular service into scouseland.....brilliant. The really good thing was for once B coy got there and got ashore before Sp Coy turned up so we hadn't been banned from anywhere yet!

One of the Lads didn't fire a shot all week (O.K more than one. :wink: .) but filled in his range card with middle of the road scores, because he had no spectacular scores he also had no bad ones and ended up winning the overall best shot. How we giggled at the presentation parade... :p

But, as GD says, Union Street in the mid 80's was a young thrusters delight. Just think it was only half as good as in its hay day!!


War Hero
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For various reasons

1) Halifax, Novia Scotia
2) Gib
3) Malta
4) Bermuda
5) Cardiff

But most runs ashore are good runs ashore, depends on what you make of them


Lantern Swinger
What is so special about Cardiff that it made two people's top 5?

I only ask as I live there and it's quite a good night out,but I guess it must offer something special for a run ashore for it to be top 5?
Welshy said:
What is so special about Cardiff that it made two people's top 5?

I only ask as I live there and it's quite a good night out,but I guess it must offer something special for a run ashore for it to be top 5?

loose women... :wink:
The onbly bad run ashore ever was Aden.

Best ones

Lorient (my jacket had an even better run one nigth than I did
Dundee what I can remember of it (was my last run in boats)


Book Reviewer
Best: South Africa, Stockholm, Rio, HK, Bangkok. Most ghastly place on the planet, Aden. That's out of 45 countries in 14 years at sea (except for courses). Joined Navy, saw world.

Told BBC bod doing interviews that S Africa was top visit - that got cut!


War Hero
Not had a chance for a run ashore as yet, however...

That loose woman thing is right, i've NEVER been out in Cardiff and not pulled. Every single time, works like a charm! Must be something in the air.


War Hero
All a long time ago......when the world wasn't flat

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