Halley 50 Year Celebration - 2006
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th October 2006
Park Inn, Northampton
A unique event to mark 50 years of Halley, Antarctica.
Halley people not able to join the Z-50 festivities in Northampton were invited to send in brief messages to the assembled company.
A few were read out after the dinner. All are reproduced below:
At the last minute I cannot come but I hope you have a wonderful
celebration. I will raise a glass (or two) to Halley people and especially
to all the Halley docs and the willing volunteers for our Halley studies
over the years. Lighten the darkness! Cheers, Jo
I send the following message from the South African contingent at Halley
Bay 1959, Johan Bothma and yours truly.
"When the IGYE base at Halley Bay was to be transferred from the Royal
Society to FIDS, Johan and I were doing upper air obs at a new airport
near Durban. Blissfully unaware of FIDS' staffing difficulties, we were
surprised when selected late in October, 1958 as additional members of a
party being assembled in the UK. Departure from Southampton was just weeks
away and after frantic personal arrangements, we arrived in the UK a week
before sailing date. A superficial briefing and minimal training followed,
before we boarded m.v. Tottan for the journey South. During the next 12
months we endeavoured to succeed as blind dates.
To surviving colleagues of Base Z 1959 and indeed all who have wintered at
Halley in the past 50 years, we send hearty greetings and congratulations.
We would have liked to share the Golden Jubilee with you, but the prospect
of intercontinental air travel is more daunting nowadays than the
forbidding fo'c'sle of Tottan 48 years ago. Lang may yer lam reek."
I note that a maximum of 50 words is stipulated, but at age 82, I insist
on having my say. Abbreviate this at your peril!
Gordon Artz CAPE TOWN and Johan Bothma PRETORIA.
1975 was the best wintering team I ever had Down South! I send you all
nostalgic best wishes, and extreme apologies for not making it to
Northampton tonight. I hope some of the younger base members have finally
graduated from the university of life! If you haven't, it certainly won't
be for lack of "professors" in 1975 !!! If anyone feels like a South
American jolly, I can offer you free accommodation in Uruguay for an
unlimited stay. The bad news is that you will have to feed my cat !!!
[Andy Smith has Kenn's address]
Sorry, I would love to come but am in some remote part of Spain on the
Camino. Best of good luck to everyone.
I'm afraid that at the very last minute I'm not going to be able to join
you there after all. I have been suffering from a very severe viral
infection for the past week or so, which has left me very debilitated, and
although I am now on the road to recovery I am still not in any fit state
to get to Northampton to be with you. Ironically, it is only two weeks ago
that I strolled to the top of Snowdon, so hopefully I won't be too much
longer in rehabilitation! Meantime, please pass on my apologies to the
many old friends from 1965 to 1970 when I was proud to be a Z-Fid.
Greetings from Jack Hill to all Halleyites, especially 1962 winterers and
in particular those present --- Chris, Bob, Frank, Paul, Martin, Stuart,
Doug, Pete, Mike, John, Edwin. Had hoped to be with you but medical
Janet Holt (widow of John):
A H ( after Halley ) became college senior lecturer in City & Guilds
Furniture Studies. Also own workshop making traditional furniture ---
mainly chairs; wrote and illustrated several books and many magazine
After retirement promising new career as lecturer/guide on cruise ships
cut short by onset Parkinson's. Now living West Sussex.
Cheers everyone, JACK
To " The Frozen Chosen " who lived and worked at Base Z with John Holt,
Cook, 1962 and 1963. I am quite sure that John will be with you all
this weekend, in spirit. Have a great " 50 year " reunion.
Kindest Regards, Janet Holt.
I am sorry to all that I shared my time with in Halley 1995-1997, I am
working in Equatorial Guinea and I travel home to Rio de Janeiro on the
9th of October, attending a meeting for 2007 Rio Carnival, Porto Da Pedra
Samba School. I wish and hope you all have a great re-union.
Greetings to all FIDS, especially Z66. Regrettably I have a heart problem
and Kate has a hip problem but we hope to make the 75th reunion! I had
looked forward to meeting Joe MacDowall because we had a lot in common
(Wallasey, Base Z and the Ottawa Valley). Things have certainly changed
since 1966 but I'm sure the sprit of adventure is still the same. I
suppose the biggest change is having the fairer sex as companions. Cheers,
Greetings to all at Northampton,
The ES at present in Dock 9, FSL, Portsmouth, but soon to be loading cargo
in Immingham for the 2006/2007 Season and ZV - ZVI. May the reminiscences
be long and happily told, and hopefully the beer very cold.
Good wishes to all - from the Officers & Crew onboard the RRS Ernest
John B. Marshall, Master, RRS Ernest Shackleton
Greetings to all FIDS, especially those from 74/75 from Hairbear. At least
the hair is still there. Now living a "normal" life in hot Scottsdale,
Arizona after years of travelling the world, FID style, as a geophysicist.
It took a year to get used to the heat, Halley deja vue. Now working on
GPS guidance for ag vehicle control. Apologies for not making it today -
the cheap Scot continues. BAS is the best first job ever and I am happy
it continues. This meeting proves it.
Dear Halley FIDS,
As I write this it's springtime and the days are getting longer down under
in the alternative south...Aotearoa New Zealand. I would absolutely love
to be with swigging a glass of champers back with you all but I'm trailing
around a little 2 year old who needs quite a lot of attention and would
probably miss me for the weekend!
Halley 2000 winter was marvellous and remains one of the best corners of
my memory especially when I'm having a chaotic day...it's a place to
escape to and take a deep breath to remember being in one the best spots
on the planet. To any 2000 winterers at the reunion...you guys are bloody
great and sorry about playing the electric guitar so loud during the
winter. My best memories are skiing around the perimeter more often than
not with the fabulous Erny Duston, being out watching those beautiful
aurora and looking at the big silent night with the faint red glow...
Anyway enough waxing lyrical...from this end of the globe wishing you all
a fantastic reunion...great to be part of a hardy group of Halley
wintering folk who survived blizzards and living together in small spaces
with so much good humour. So bravo to you all and look forward to seeing
you at the next reunion.
With warmest wishes, Lil Ng
Just a brief mail to wish all current and past Halley FIDS the very best
at the Halley 50 celebration. Unfortunately my wife Rachel and I will not
be able to attend as we will be in Japan.
Roy Piggott (sent by Dr Richard Parker - winter '82 )
My thoughts will be with all of you and I hope you have a fantastic event,
and a special thought for all of those former Halley and Halley Bay FIDs
who have taken the time to organise to re-union.
Having just got married I have an idea of the kind of organisation an
My very best wishes to you all, stay cool and safe!
Matt Pickles Winterer 98/99
He is sorry to miss the celebration. As some one who was involved with
Halley over many years he would like to send his best wishes on this
special anniversary. He sends special greeting to all those "beastie men"
who wintered at Halley over the years. It brings a smile to his face when
asked what a beastie man is, as very few of his nurses have ever heard of
them. Roy Piggott Head of Atmospheric Sciences 1973-1979
I moved to Chicago a few years ago, and people often complain about how
cold it is in "the Windy City". I've got a line that stops them in their
tracks... "Yes, it's cold, but I'll tell you about cold son, when I was in
the Antarctic...." Have a great 50th, and I'm sorry I couldn't join you.
Through the Harry Deepers Softers.
Through the blizzard, wind and snow.(poetic licence)
Through the whiteout in the nowhere.
To the reunion they go.
So I hope they will remember.
Times gone by with joy and glee.
Even though you have to manage.
Without the likes of them and me.(not him)
So just enjoy it. Cheers Tappers.
I'm really sorry not to be able to attend the 50th Anniversary
celebrations. This has been the longest standing engagement I have ever
had in my diary - 10% of my life! - and I'm going to miss it. Please give
all my old friends my very best regards. Best wishes for a great reunion
My husband, Alan Weeks, was in Halley Bay with BAS in 1965-66. He was
thrilled to learn of the reunion and had hoped to be present. Very sadly
he passed away on 24th April this year, having developed an illness which
progressed very quickly. Alan took an 8mm movie of his year in the
Antarctic, and hoped to have it at the reunion. I have had it put onto a
DVD. I do hope it will be of some use at the reunion which I am sure will
be full of wonderful memories and larger than life stories! All the best
for the occasion.
A big Hello to all those in attendance at what promises to be a great
"gig". I'm quite miffed I cannot be there to celebrate it with you as I'm
serving Queen and country in foreign parts. Have a great weekend - in the
words of Kevin O´Rourke "the sun may return but the darkness never fades".
I hope Alex Gaffikin is displaying the sophistication she learnt during
Gary 89022 to the core.