the 99th Entry at Locking
The two hundred and one freshly-scrubbed members
of the 99th. Entry of Royal Air Force Apprentices arrived, quaking
in their grubby civilian shoes, at No. 1 Radio School, RAF Locking,
near Weston-super-Mare, in September 1961. We were probably the
biggest entry of apprentice wireless and radar technicians at Locking.
One hundred and seventy-two of us passed-out three
years later, and through the intervening years we have dispersed
all over the world as far as Australia, New Zealans, South Africa
the Philippines, the U.S.A and Mexico - and, of course, Weston-super-Mare,
where there is still a thriving colony of Apprenti of various species
in their native habitat. Doncaster also seems to be a favourite
place to live, and there is a growing community in Spain.
To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the formation
of the 99th. a big reunion was held in September 2001 in Weston-super-Mare,
and another even bigger-one in 2004, at the Royal Hotel, Weston,
to commemorate Passing-Out.
A drive is still on to contact old friends, whether
they made it to pass-out or not - there are fond memories of and
frequent requests to find those who didn't stay with us until the
bitter end in July 1964. Largely through the efforts of Bob Storey
and Chris Horn we now have over a hundred and fifty names (Tony
Pugh was the Ninety-Ninth to turn up). The full list, with addresses,
is available in our secure area.
If you are a Ninety-Niner, possibly not known to us, who has just
browsed into the site, or if you simply haven't been given a password
because of a cock-up, you need to register
because the members-only personal pages can only be viewed using
a password. If for any reason you can't do this you can call Ken
Bowker on 01687 470268.
If you know of any ex-99th Entry Apprentices who
have not yet been contacted, then please
96th LOCKING APPRENTICES
Their website has disappeared
98th LOCKING APPRENTICES
Mike Rafferty runs the slick 98th website at http://www.98thlocking.co.uk
and can be contacted there.
100th LOCKING APPRENTICES
Tony Lindon runs the startling 100th website at http://100th-entry-locking.org.uk/
. You can contact him via the website.
103rd LOCKING APPRENTICES
The 103rd website has disappeared.
104th LOCKING APPRENTICES (and the
demolition of Locking)
Pete Harry runs the 104th website at http://www.104thlocking.org.uk
and can be contacted via that site, which has some splendid and
historic photos of Locking being demolished.
99th HALTON APPRENTICES
At exactly the same time as we signed up, another much rowdier bunch
of 99th Apprentices joined at RAF Halton to learn different skills.
If you're an ex-Halton 99er, and you want to get in touch with them
again then click
here to go to the 99th Halton website.