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The OP Gurkha Curry Lunch

On Friday 25th April OPs attended a very successful lunch, organised by Robin Paine (1955 - 1958) at the Gurkha Museum, Winchester
The Gurkha Curry Lunch
The Gurkha Curry Lunch

Robin Paine writes:

Twenty-five OPs, spouses/partners gathered in the magnificent McDonald room at the Gurkha
Museum for what transpired to be a delicious Gurkha lunch in convivial company. Unfortunately,
we didn’t quite have sufficient numbers to have our own private event which, despite asking for
one long table for our group and planning accordingly, ended up with us having to have two.
Even so, judging by the noise and laughter, it was not a major issue. It seemed successful
enough to have try again next year to have our own private event.
After lunch Richard Shuttleworth (Harbinger 1957-62) presented Doug Henderson, the assistant curator, with two
pieces of memorabilia of HMS Gurkha, the ship’s crest  together with an engraved ashtray.,  Richard served in HMS Gurkha from 1963 to 1964 and commented:

I was in HMS Gurkha as a Midshipman in 1963 -1964 during her 1st Commission. She was a
Plymouth ship but we circumnavigated the UK and then sailed through the Med via Gib and
Malta on to Aden and Bahrain. We were based in HMS Jufair in Bahrain and went all over the
Indian Ocean, including Aden, Mombasa, Madagascar, Seychelles, (then) Bombay and
Karachi. My Skipper visited the Gurkhas in Nepal from Bombay. It seemed appropriate that the
museum should have these memorabilia.

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