Former sailor Ron Hargest has been presented with a reminder of his early days in the senior service.
Rose Green resident Ron, 76, was handed a certificate in recognition of the 60 years which had passed since he joined HMS Ganges. The boys’ training establishment near Ipswich housed 2,000 boys between 15 and 16 until they were old enough to go to sea.
Ron said he enjoyed his time at HMS Ganges and belongs to the association set up after its closure in 1976.
He received his certificate from its president, Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, at its latest reunion in Lowestoft, pictured above.
Among Ron’s most memorable moments at HMS Ganges was the mast manning display for parents day. “In my particular year, I was in the display team and was the boy in the middle on the upper yardarm 131 feet above the ground. We had no safety harnesses and had to clear the mast in a matter of minutes,” he said.
Ron spent 12 years in the Royal Navy and left as a leading engineering mechanic, engineer’s writer. He moved to IBM in Havant and retired from the company in 1992.
He moved to Rose Green with his wife in 2008, joined the Bognor Regis branch of the Royal Naval Association the next year and is its chairman and secretary. His membership of the association dates back to the mid-70s.