24. Tales of the Past: Living the Dream, Serving the Queen

24. Tales of the Past: Living the Dream, Serving the Queen

In Person

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FirstLight Trust Cafe, 68 High Street, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1DR

From 1950s boy sailor to the sailors who currently serve, you might hear about the runs ashore, the lifelong friendships, the funny stories, near incidents and the ships they served on. Perfect tales for this relaxed cafe run by First Light Trust…

For over 400 years the Royal Navy has been the pride of the British Isles, but it wouldn’t be the organisation it is today without the people who make up the crews of these ships and establishments.

Richard M Jones, historian & author, will share his own and some veteran’s experiences of serving their country in the senior service. Whilst drawing on some content from his latest book ‘Living the Dream, Serving the Queen’ (a common matelots response when asked how they are) Richard will deliver an informal presentation which will encourage participation from veterans at the event.

The talk is being held within a veterans community hub but is open to all.

Duration 60 minutes


Wednesday 15 September: 1900


Pre-booking: Required

Please DIY book via the BOOK NOW button.  But for people who may experience difficulty with booking online themselves, we can help.

Contact us from 0930 to 1700. Monday to Saturday….

In-person:  Gosport Tourist Information Centre (at the Bus Station)

By Phone:  023 9252 2944 or 07849 399 823

By Emailbookings@gosportheritage.co.uk (subject line:  ASSISTED BOOKING)

Booking opens: 21 August 2021 0930
Booking closes: 13 September 2021 1700


Wheel chair accesible toilets Toilets Service dogs welcome rest stops Mobility impaired family friendly refreshments



COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.


The venue will be open from 1830 until 2000. Please arrive in time to be seated for 1900 start. Hot drinks and nice cakes will be available to purchase, if you wish.



Richard M Jones & FirstLight Trust