Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.


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A redevelopment programme got under way and the Meadow Well was tidied up. New houses were built with nice gardens and iron fencing and slowly the community retuned to normality. Alan Day the fruit shop closed on Marina Avenue. He opened another shop on Bedford Street where Liz still works. The last remaining shop was Hoults the Pork Butchers who continue to serve the public today.

The arguments raged again in the Middle East and again Kuwait was invaded by Saddam Hussein. It was only a matter of time before the two lads would be called upon again to go and serve their country. They kept themselves active by doing their usual runs and weights in the path. When the letter came Ronnie and Roger were ready.

 Ronnie was made up to a Sergeant for his leadership during the invasion of Kuwait the first time  and Roger a Major. They returned during the second war until the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003. They now train recruits at Lympstone. Roger married Brenda and Ronnie married Ann. They have two children each. Roger’s son is called Michael Bartlett Fox and his Daughter Ronnetta who likes to be called Ronnie.’

Ronnie named his boy Robert Roger Harris and his daughter Brenda Ann.

They are still the best of friends and both of their sons want to be Royal Marines.

Roger taught his friend to drive and both their wives drive too. They also own a hairdressing salon a mile away from the training centre called “Uniformity.

Roger lives over the road from Ronnie and they are never out of each other’s houses.

They still listen to Queen and Dire Straits and they love to take the kids camping in the summer. In their spare time they run a cadet training centre and have twenty of the former recruit’s kids who come once a week. Michael and Robert are also members.’

“Joined at the hip those two said Ronnie.’

“The boys turned towards their fathers and shouted “All for one.’

“And one for all.’ Their father’s replied.’



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