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The British Friends of Vanuatu gather around the tam-tam donated to HM Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of her visit to the then New Hebrides in 1974.  The inscription at the base of the tam-tam, which now stands in Savill Gardens, reads "A gift to the Queen, from the people of the New Hebrides on the occasion of Her Majesty's visit to Port Vila"  Thanks to Pamela Crosbie of the RHS for her kindness in taking the picture. (Click on image to enlarge)

Patricia Dickinson leads off the dance around Savill Gardens, looking for a suitable place to place the picnic tables.  In the event, on this third year in succession where temperatures in the UK on the weekend of Vanuatu independence celebrations broke all records, picnic places were hard to find, but all those attending were eventually seated. (Click on image to enlarge)

 

Gordon Dickinson, Public Prosecutor in Vanuatu 1985-1988, swaps stories with Leslie Garae, a Vanuatu police officer currently attending a training course at Bramshill Police Training College in Hampshire as part of the UK development aid project to police services in Commonwealth countries around the world. (Click on image to enlarge)

 

Michael Longworth (Meteo Director 1985-90) slumps into a welcome picnic chair with Alivier Wartef (ni-Vanuatu currently working in the UK with the Southwark Council) after the long walk around Savill Gardens. (Click on image to enlarge)

 

Norman Shackley, snapped in flagrante delecto, behind the huge taro leaves that reminded him so much of those long walks, lost in the bush, in Santo, Vanuatu. (Click on image to enlarge)

 

Martin Sibley, getting a not too sympathetic hearing fro Pat Dickinson, as he related the difficulties encountered in the course of his 2-hour search for the Vanuatu tam-tam in the wider reaches of Savill Gardens prior to the arrival of the guests. (Click on image to enlarge)