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I had a chat with Dave Garry at one of the reunions a few years ago (I think it was in London when Dave Oakes came over). He stated that he lived at Sturminster Newton in Dorset. I remember this quite clearly as my Brother-in-law lives in Stalbridge only a few miles away. Hope this helps.
I was also a Cadet at South Shields (71-75), along with Dave Jewkes, Paul Clasby, Mike Jack, Philip Yates, Paul Clare, Alan Worley amongst others. A 50th year reunion sounds like a good idea. Not sure my lifetime membership of The Chelsea Cat is valid now!!
I trust all goes well with you both and if you want to drop me an e-mail (email@example.com) with your contact details (telephone as he hasn't got e-mail) I will pass them on as I am sure he (our Dave) would be very pleased to talk with you. All the very best, Eldred.