RMS Strathmore 26/10/2012
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October 26th, 1935

Left for Tilbury where we boarded the “Strathmore”. My wife and a few friends were allowed on board for a very short time. We had on board a few young priests who were evidently going abroad as missionaries and the friends who were seeing them off were having a good time, trying to make themselves and everyone within earshot miserable by singing some very melancholy hymns.  Melancholy to me going away for a few months but to men who were returning to their duties abroad it must have sounded very... Read More

Silver Jubilee Train. 1935 25/10/2012
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October 25th, 1935

Left Newcastle at 10 a.m. on the Silver Jubilee train and arrived at King’s Cross, London, on the stroke of 2 p. m. an average speed of over 67 miles per hour. A wonderful train, perfectly sprung and at no time was there any sensation of excessive speed. Had booked at the Metropole Hotel or may have had difficulty in finding rooms. Full houses everywhere – hotels, cinemas, theatres. The word “depression” did not appear to apply but of course it was Motor Show week. A very good excuse for... Read More

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The Ringtonian – A Trip to India and Ceylon: An Introduction

Having recently returned from a visit to India and Ceylon in company with my youngest son, Malcolm (hereinafter referred to as Mac) I have been asked by several people to give a talk on our experiences and impressions during that visit. Not being a Public Speak I think the best thing is for me to make use of the “Ringtonian” and to give extracts from the Diary which I diligently kept through the trip, so that those who are interested may read and those not interested may not be bored... Read More

The Ringtonian 1936 24/10/2012
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A Journey from Long Ago……

Hello Ringtonians! While delving through our archives the other day we came across a fascinating booklet from 1935 / 36. The book was a  very special edition of “The Ringtonian” and came about after our founding father, Mr Samuel Smith took a journey to India and Ceylon. He was asked to give public talks and appearances afterwards to talk about his experiences and impressions during the visit. Not being a public speaker, he instead gave extracts of his own personal diary which he diligently kept throughout the trip. Over the next... Read More