BRIAN R C REYNOLDS. Known in the RN
as 'Harry' (after Harry James) on account of his skill with the trumpet
Married to Babs. Two children: Paul (46) and Susan (43)
Now living in Eastbourne, Sussex
AT CONDOR 1950 to 1953
Left the RN at the end of 1972
Up the mountains in 1951
"Most of my time was served in various
workshops, and I became a qualified AID welder. My only front line
squadron was 848 in Aden (1967/68). I finished my last four years service
at Lee-on-Solent as a member of NAMEB.
"I retired as an AA1.
"I suppose I was always
known for blowing my own trumpet, but I did enjoy being responsible for
the members of volunteer bands of various air stations to come to CONDOR
and rehearse for a couple of weeks before entering the Scottish Brass Band
championships, which we did with some success under the baton of Jock Aird."
"After a brief spell working for
Saunders Valve Co, as a Technical Rep., I went to live in Teheran (Iran)
as the Middle East Manager for the same company. Some months later,
Saunders had problems with the then Arab boycott, so I joined a German
oil/gas field supply company and travelled extensively throughout the
Middle East on business. I left Iran in 1980 and went to the head office
in Dortmund, returning to the UK in 1982. I then became the UK Director of
the company, working first from Kensington then Croydon, and finally
Chepstow in S.Wales. In 1993, I decided that I'd had enough and retired.
Best thing I ever did!"
HOBBIES & PASTIMES
"Most people who know me well
will also know that my major interest in life was always playing trumpet
in any band I could get into but, unfortunately, I have not blown a note
since around 1974. These days, I spend my
time wood-carving, restoring china and, of course, the inevitable gardening."
Harry & Babs in 2001
"If any of the guys I used to
play with in various bands read this, I would love to hear from them."