- Published: Sunday, 28 July 2019 21:08
- Written by David Tappin
While watching a TV programme about the early days of civil aviation I found myself thinking about my old friend John “Slim” Gregory. That in turn reminded me of a conversation I had at Cashmoor on July 18th at this year’s poorly attended Slim Gregory Memorial Day. The question, from a newish member, was “by the way, who was Slim Gregory?”.
What a good question. Slim was a real gentleman, with a ready wit, a steely eye at times, a generous heart, a wealth of experience, amusing anecdotes and a loyal friend. It was typical of his sense of humour and self-deprecation that, as slender as he was when I knew him, he took pride in showing off a photograph of himself in his well stocked bar which made it very clear that, at some time in his early life, he had been a very fat man. He had retained the nickname but not the avoirdupois.