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35th Reunion: Lunch & Dinner Payments 2018

35th Reunion: Lunch & Dinner Payments – Saturday 9th June 2018.

Dinner will follow (3 Course including Hot Carvery or Vegetarian Option) at the Carreg Bran Hotel (Tel: 01248 511 577), 18:00 for 19:30.  For the Reunion Dinner, there are only 100 sittings for dinner.

Please note the final cut off date will be 27th MAY 2018, not a day later.

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2018 Lunch & Dinner Payments by Cheque;

£40.00 = Lunch & Dinner.
£30.00 = Dinner only.
£15.00 = Lunch only.

Cheques made payable to the ‘Indefatigable OBA’ send to;

Tom Keyes.
IOBA Treasurer & Membership.
4 Edison Drive,
Upton Grange,
NN5 4AB.

Or you can pay instantly online via PayPal;

2018 Lunch & Dinner Payments below includes a 5% ‘PayPal’ fee;

£42.00 = Lunch & Dinner (PayPal fee included per transaction).

£31.50 = Dinner only (PayPal fee included per transaction).

£15.75 = Lunch only (PayPal fee included per transaction).

Descriptions to be entered = Enter Balance to Pay: GBP (£) / Name  / Indefatigable Year’s / Number of Bookings.

Don’t include the ‘£’ sign on entering balance, you can book as many as you wish, BUT there are only 100 sittings for dinner;

ie. Name / Year’s / x1 Lunch only.

ie. Name / Year’s / x1 Dinner only.

ie. Name / Year’s /  x1 Lunch & Dinner.

Enter Balance to Pay (£)

Enter your name


Agenda for the WEEKEND;

Friday NIGHT 8th June – Saturday early A.M(!). – Vibrant Shirt Night: In memory of the late ‘Spencer Bell 1958 – past IOBA Chairman’ at the Carreg Bran Hotel (01248 511 577), all in aid of Prostate Cancer.

Saturday DAY 9th June – Reunion Day 08:00 – 09:00 Meet at Carreg Bran Hotel (Tel: 01248 511 577) for initial check-in, down at JSMTC Indefatigable 09:00 – 16:00.

Saturday NIGHT 9th June – Sunday early A.M(!). –  Annual IOBA Members Reunion Dinner at the Carreg Bran Hotel (Tel: 01248 511 577) 18:00 for 19:30 seated.

Prizes for the raffle are very much appreciated.

Fund raising RAFFLE TICKETS will be SOLD BEFORE DINNER (not during dinner) on the day.

Indefatigable Old Boys Association (IOBA)

The Indefatigable – Video with Pat Moran & Bill Smith 1936/38

Training Ship Indefatigable was a British training school for boys intending to join the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy.

Until the middle of the nineteenth century the British Merchant Navy had no recognized training schools for boys entering the service. Education consisted of boys about 15 years old going to sea “to be led, guided, bullied and socialized into the culture of the sea”. There was no distinction between training for AB, and the training of future masters. Through experience it was possible to rise to the position of Master without any formal training. Beginning in the mid- nineteenth century various forms of navigational and seamanship schools were created to remedy the problem.


Dedication to: IOBA Founder Pat Purser

Dear all,

It is with sadness and deep regret that I inform you of the passing of IOBA Honorary Member Pat Purser.

I could write pages of eulogy regarding Pat, and I am sure many of you will wish to publish your own thoughts and stories, which we would welcome, of this wonderful man.

I would like to summarise my sentiments by reminding you of the note I read out when we voted Pat into the Association as an Honorary Member back in 2008.

“It would be remiss of me not to say a little more about Pat Purser. It would be an understatement to say that the IOBA would not be what it is today without the tremendous enthusiasm, and dedication shown by him in the dark days of the schools liquidation. For those of you who have had the opportunity to read Pat’s memoirs from that time, you cannot fail to be amazed at what was happening behind the scenes, such incompetence and mismanagement on the part of the schools governing body clearly resulted in its early demise. I know that Pat would be the first to admit that the writing was probably on the wall for some time, but with a responsible Board, the end of the Indefatigable as our school, could and should have been far less painful. Pat, battling against such adversity, was instrumental in setting up what we have today, his motivation and tenacity has lived on in our membership”.

Although Pat had been absent from our reunions for a while, it was a great pleasure for all of us to see him return in 2008, and I am just so grateful that we were able to hear wonderful stories of his days at the Indefatigable and his unstinting efforts to save the School and the formation of our Association.

The funeral will be held at 13.30 on Wednesday 1st February at Bangor Crematorium.

Yours with great sadness.

Bill O’Leary



Pat Purser and Barry Priddis



Saturday 24th March 2012 – 7.30 p.m
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

With the IOBA Chairmans approval, Steve Humphries (75/76) IOBA Secretary,was invited as one of many VIP guests to the ‘Titanic 100th anniversary memorial concert, representing the Bridge Boys & Crew members of RMS Titanic. The Indefatigable Ships Bell was used in the event, which was at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.  Marc Hardman (1961) paraded the IOBA Standard once again.

The event was an excellent PR move for the IOBA, where the shows organisers included the ‘Indefatigable’ in their Souvenir Programme, giving us great publicity and acknowledgement.

Three of the Bridge Boys on RMS Titanic and many of the sailors in the crew were trained on board TS Indefatigable moored in the river Mersey.  All three Bridge Boys were ordered to stay on board, as the Titanic sunk!  To this account the ‘Titanic Heritage Trust’ are considering having a memorial set up to the Bridge Boys of RMS Titanic.

The Ismay family, owners of the White Star Line and RMS Titanic, instituted the “Ismay Prize” of £20 to be awarded to the best Indefatigable Cadet of the year. £20 at that time would have been more wealth than the family had ever owned.

Steve would like to thank ‘all’ who helped him move the Bell to and from the event, and to ‘Marc Hardman, Russell Jones & David Owen’ who so proudly showed off ‘the bell’ on the night in question. Sir Michael Bibby Indefatigable OBA Honorary President and his Wife were at the event too. We hope to see them both at the Indefatigable 150th Celebration in 2014!



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