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On the left 2nd. Eng. George Bland from Newcastle or South Shields, next Chief Electrician can't remember his name but he was better to get along with than the previous guy. Next myself and the chap with his head on my shoulder, Chief Engineer McDonald from Aberdeen.

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Yes Doug the year would have been 1966 probably during my last trip on Benvalla. Were you on board.
Joe.
 

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Joe,
I believe my mother, Joan Freeman, was a passenger on the Benvalla in 1966.
I have some photos I found in her belongings after she died (2001) and one shows her in the bar with the CE, the 2E, and the Old Man.

She used to tell a tale about being in Hamburg when the World Cup final was WON!! (July 1966)
 

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hi Joe,
regarding the photo the cheif electrician was Keith Pearson from Middlesbrough and I was in Hamburg on Valla in 1966 when England one the world cup sitting on a pile of beer crates at back of main lounge in Mission to seaman at St Pauli the crates were pilled up to make a grand stand so everyone who piled in could see the TV on the far wall , so your mum could have been there.
 

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Hi Joe,
The other person in your photo is George Macdonald CH/Engr from Aberdeen , he used to switch the lights off in our accomodation deck then go round with a toy machine gun that spat out sparks from the barrel. All great folk .
 

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