Thank you for all your good wishes, the Tinker has been very thrilled to hear from you all and we have had a lovely day.
Took him on the Park-and-Ride to Plymouth Museum...but didn't leave him there.
In fact when Bookhound and I were in the Museum on Saturday, and browsing around the Maritime Gallery, we came to a standstill next to this display...
This is a model of the Iron Duke, the Tinker's first ship as a fourteen-year old boy bugler in 1939.
On Monday we contacted the curator of the Museum to tell him we had an artefact of our own who knew the ship intimately, and perhaps the Museum might like to meet him, and if so could we bring him in on his birthday, and would the Museum like a copy of the Tinker's book Bugle Boy.
Well it all went swimmingly well.
Our thanks to Mr Overton and his staff for making us so welcome. Offspringette joined us and we had a grand time, and the Tinker, of course very well up on his dates, bombings and sinkings, proved to be a sparkling primary historical source...
as well as being able to point out that this picture in the book...
...was taken standing next to that black door there ..
We had ourselves another photo shoot too. It's hard to imagine that the boy standing next to that door on board that ship at Scapa Flow could ever have believed that all those years later he'd be standing here next to a model of it isn't it
Then off to find some lunch and back in the afternoon for another visit to the Scott Centenary exhibition. Mr Overton gave us some fascinating background information about it all and I had blurted out about the blog post before I realised this would also mean fessing up to the photos. In the absence of anyone to ask I usually snap away without flash until someone stops me, or snatches my camera off me, or marches me away to the cells and no one had. It was fine.
It is rare that we manage to visit any exhibition twice but I am so glad we did because who knew that I had missed so much first time round.
It was good to have another really close look and proper read of all the exhibits. I come over all wobbly at the idea that it may be some time, if ever, before something like this is gathered in one place at the same time again.
Congratulations to Mr Overton and his team at Plymouth City Museum for a job well done, and even better, the cheeky chappy who had been a victim of my flat camera battery last Saturday, now preserved for all time on dovegreyreader, especially for you..