When John McGregor wrote Fairy Tales of an SAC in 2009, all about his five years in the Royal Air Force at Thorney Island in the late 60s and early 70s, he had no idea the book would bring him back in touch with so many people he’d lost touch with.
Last year, he held a reunion at Thorney – and now he is holding another.
“In the lead-up to the reunion last year, the word got round and an amazing 88 people turned up,” John says.
“The setting and the day were perfect. The army gave us permission to come on to the island, the weather was perfect, just as we all remembered.
“And in these changeable days, we were all amazed and delighted to find Thorney Island was almost just as we left it more than 40 years ago.
“It was unbelievable to meet up with ‘old’ faces that, although weathered a little from those days, all had happy and fun-filled memories to share on the day.
“Afterwards it was unanimously agreed to do it all again this year, and apart from name badges to prompt our suspect memories, the format will be much the same.
“Saturday, May 11 is the date, between midday and 6pm.
“It looks like there will more than 100 this year at our second reunion, and anyone with a Thorney connection from those days is welcome.
“But they must contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0034 600088341 to provide their full names and car details to be allowed through the army-manned barrier on the day.”
John also has a new book out, A Flock of Female Friends, a further part of his autobiography.
He will be doing book-signing events at Waterstones branches in Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 8-10 between 11am-2pm.