I phoned Brian Woods a couple of days ago, for the first time in a few years and was happy to find that he is still with us but he appears to be quite frail and he and Jill have been in a nursing home in Woy Woy for about a year. I said that I was contemplating visiting Sydney next year, at the suggestion of John Eades and Brian was very keen for me to visit him. I just hope that he will still be with us if I do get over there.
Brian called for me yesterday morning but I couldn’t take the call but I called him back just now and had another chat but he had to cut that short due to nurses. One name that came up a couple of times was Ron Beckett.
Brian is a magic bloke. He caught up with me several years ago when he and Jill passed through Carnarvon. He interviewed my for my traineeship in 1969 and I was amazed to discover later that my four mates and I were picked from 190 applicants in Western Australia, and we all passed at the end. He must have known his stuff.
Regards, Les Bateman