Roy Le Croisette
Roy’s career had many facets. He was always prepared to have a go at something different if it appeared to open another door, particularly if finances were involved, During the time covered by this screed and with discreet reference to his beloved Log Book, started in 1952 and still going strong , the outstanding impression is one of continued initiative. A typical example would be this:
He and his wife and mother in law were having a break on the Isle of Wight. The ladies wanted a day for shopping; not so Roy. He noticed that from Shanklin he could get a bargain return to Portsmouth for a few bob. Fine. He wanted to visit both Victory and the Mary Rose. He bought a ticket at the tourist office and to his delight found that a sizeable discount applied since he had a valid (cheap day) rail ticket from Shanklin to Ryde and across to Portsmouth and return. Would he mind visiting the restored ship Warrior as well? This being a very wet December day hardly anyone was interested. It was a select and enthusiastic party and the guide enjoyed it too . Five then visited Mary Rose and six were given a very personal tour of Victory.
Roy loves his ships and his history, and it made his day to be able to walk along the seafront, wet through, to the D Day Tapestry then on display at Southsea. He willingly surrendered outer clothes and rucksack for the privilege of seeing this masterpiece. Company left at Shanklin would have put the kybosh on it but in fairness when a few months later he happened to be calling for a barn dance in that area his wife was able to enjoy it too.
Folk dancing came seriously into his life when sister Ly and friend invited him to Cecil Sharp House for his first taste of international dancing. He loved it. Found an evening class and a few years later when he came to Sussex set up a club. It lasted for eleven years. At the same time he was both running dances, day courses and dancing with display teams......
He has always loved the English language and has written many short stories, articles, reports, newsletters, poetry, mostly for the fun of it.....
Volunteering means getting involved; ask Roy. He does and is......
Life is full and varied and he values the support of his wife who also gets heavily involved with her own projects. Together they make a good, diverse team.
by Roy Le Croisette
Roy’s career had many facets. He was always prepared to have a go at something different if it appeared to open another door, particularly if finances were involved. During the time covered by this screed and with discreet reference to his beloved Log Book, started in 1952 and still going strong, the outstanding impression is one of continued initiative.
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