Rolling back the years for nurses who qualified in Ely in 1976.

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A group of nurses who have kept in touch for 40 years with Christmas cards and letters had a grand reunion when they met in Cambridge.

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The seven members of course 31, the last group of nurses to train within the RAF Princess Mary’s Nursing Service, enjoyed an afternoon catching up with stories of when they first met and rolling back the years.

The crew joined in 1973 and trained to be registered nurses at RAF Hospital Ely.

Chris Turnbull, now a practice nurse at the Cathedral Medical Centre in Ely, said: “There were 14 who began and 10 who qualified in 1976. Some have gone on to be community nurses, one an accountant and another a matron.

“All are now either newly retired or semi retired, but we all resolved to try and track down the other members of the group, and to meet again next year so it becomes an annual event. It was brilliant to catch up.”


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The nurses travelled from Aberdeen, Paignton, Poole, Leicester, Preston, Ipswich and Ely to catch up with the news.

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