Tonight's talk was with Lt. Col. Philip Neame, Parachute Regiment. Back again by popular request (you may remember, dear reader, that Philip came last year and talked of his time as commander of D Coy 2 PARA in Falklands War taking over after Col 'H' Jones was killed in battle. It was a truly fascinating and insightful talk.)
This time he talked about Mount Everest. That is to say, his not one but two attempts on the summit. Philip has had a lifelong passion for mountaineering with two ascents of Everest 1976 & 1992. This was an amazing talk with wonderful slides, depicting the extraordinary courage needed to face such expeditions. Including tales of he and his darling wife having their honeymoon at basecamp!
Each autumn/winter we hold a series of fascinating talks in aid of a local charity. This year's Talk of Wells is in aid of the National Coastwatch Institution, Wells Lookout. Staffed 365 days of the year by volunteers, the Wells Coastwatch team watch over the tidal Outer Harbour Channel used by all vessels entering the port including twelve inshore fishing boats, local leisure sailors, a busy sailing school, windsurfers, water skiers as well as the busy Outer Harbour used by the windfarm support vessels. They also watch over the beach, the tidal area of Bob Halls Sand and have a distant view of the Rotterdam to Hull east coast shipping lane.