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245. And more and more and thick and fast…

06/06/2016

This is proving to be one of the most amazing weeks of my life.

Yesterday, I was hobnobbing with serried ranks of Admirals, all wanting to shake my hand, and today I’ve been shaking hands with Prince Michael of Kent and Lord and Lady McAlpine, when, thanks to Andy and Martin from Brooklands, and Steve Green (builder of the stunning Sopwith Tabloid inside the museum), we managed to get the Scout rigged in front of the Brooklands Museum and changed into a posh suit by 1100 in order to receive the Preservationist of the Year Award from Prince Michael of Kent, who took a great interest in the project and the exciting places we’re hoping to go.

We’re very grateful to Stuart Wilkinson and the rest of the Transport Trust who considered us for this award. And Lady McAlpine, a lady with a very good heart and persuasive manner, extracted a promise from us that we’d attend their annual event at Henley next year.

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We'd parked the Scout next to a Bristol 403 car, which seemed appropriate. Photo courtesy the Transport Trust

We’d parked the Scout next to a Bristol 403 car, which seemed appropriate. Photos courtesy the Transport Trust.

 

and when Prince Michael arrived, he took a close look at 1264. But not close enough to get covered in castor oil…

Prince Michael, Sue Bremner and Lady McAlpine. Photo courtesy of the Transport Trust

Prince Michael, Sue Bremner and Lady McAlpine. Photo courtesy of the Transport Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady McAlpine volunteered to take photos to include Sue. Hoe very thoughtful of her, and we are very grateful, since Sue, who's been an absolutely vital part of the team, so rarely gets a look in!

Lady McAlpine volunteered to take photos to include Sue. How very thoughtful of her, and we are very grateful, since Sue, who’s been an absolutely vital part of the team, so rarely gets a look in!

 

Theo explaining some of the finer points to His royal Highness.

Theo explaining some of the finer points to His Royal Highness.

Receiving the Award

Receiving the Award

here is the Award itself. it's solid silver, and the silversmith who made it told us that it was mounted on a piece of wood from the deck of the SS Great Britain. It was originally created for Jack Hayward who brought her back from the Falkland islands in the 1970s. I put in a plea to the awards committee for a special posthumous award to my great great great great great uncle, James Bremner, who in 1947 was the original preservationist of the SS Great Britain when he recovered her from the sands of Dundrum Bay in Northern Ireland where she'd gone ashore a couple of years before.

Here is the Award itself. It’s solid silver, and the silversmith who made it told us that it was mounted on a piece of wood from the deck of the SS Great Britain. It was originally created for Jack Hayward who brought her back from the Falkland Islands in the 1970s.
I put in a plea to the awards committee for a special posthumous award to my great great great great great uncle, James Bremner, who in 1847 was the original preservationist of the SS Great Britain when he recovered her from the sands of Dundrum Bay in Northern Ireland where she’d gone ashore a couple of years before. he probably stood on this very piece of wood.

Theo with his partner Fran

Theo with his partner Fran

Before HRH left, we’d changed into overalls and – with Andrew and Martin on loan from Brooklands again, had her safely back in the trailer by about 1630, and parked at Bicester. The next time we see her, it will be to hitch up for the trip to Greece…

As I say, it’s been a pretty special week!

 

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