Wrens keep comradeship going

SIXTY years later and the comradeship is still strong among the members of the women's Royal Navy Service.The female branch of the Royal Navy, known as the 'Wrens', were formed in 1947 for women wanting a taste of Navy life.

SIXTY years on from their war heroics and the comradeship is still strong among the members of the women's Royal Navy Service.

The female branch of the Royal Navy, known as the Wrens, were formed in 1917 for women wanting a taste of Navy life.

The Wrens, however, were not allowed onvto the sea and so they held a variety of land jobs, such as mechanics, stewards and secretaries.

They were stationed in places all over the world and friendships were formed to last a lifetime.

The Ipswich and district association of Wrens, formed in 1947, held a celebratory dinner to mark 60 years since they were formed.

The secretary of the branch, Judith Williams, 75, said: “We have all shared the experience of being a Wren, it's quite difficult today to understand because there aren't so many of these groups left now.

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“But, we have genuine companionship and friendship.”

The Wrens meet once a month and go to regular outings and say they still enjoy the old camaraderie and special bond from all those years ago.

Kathleen Newman, 81, of Thorn Hill Road, in Claydon, became a Wren in 1947 and worked as a quartermaster's assistant.

She said: “The service teaches you that camaraderie and even though you leave the service you never forget it.

“It's nice to meet up once a month and keep it all going.

“Joining the Wrens was the best thing I ever did.”

The Wrens meet on the second Monday of every month at the St John Ambulance Hall, in Samuel Court, Ipswich.

For more information call Mrs Williams on 01473 832423.

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