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Falklands : HILL COVE ROOF REPAIR
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 04.04.2009 (Article Archived on 18.04.2009)

During their deployment to the Falkland Islands, 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron based in North Yorkshire, were presented with an opportunity to practice their roof repairing skills and assist the local community.

HILL COVE ROOF REPAIR

 

 

 

 

During their deployment to the Falkland Islands, 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron based in North Yorkshire, were presented with an opportunity to practice their roof repairing skills and assist the local community.  As a result of by high winds in late December the roof of Hill Cove’s community centre was blown off which rendered the building unfit for use, meaning the district had nowhere to convene and conduct regular meetings and social events.

 

An elite team of Engineers was selected for the task.  On arrival they met up with Tony Hertal (Turtle), Peter, Henry and Shelly, who had already made great progress in fixing the roof.  The damage to the roof was extensive, with the wooden rafters needing to be replaced and the corrugated steel sheets needing to be stripped out, reshaped and secured back onto the roof. However, it wasn’t long before the combined team, helped for a while by 3 RAF personnel, had removed all the damaged roof sheets and were putting the roof back together.

 

It was a late finish for all and it was only at this point did the Royal Engineers realise West Falklands operates on a different time zone!  With a slightly earlier start to Day 2 than expected (and slightly sun burnt necks!) for the Royal Engineers the team cracked on, with Peter and Turtle leading the way.  Despite a down pour temporarily stopping work, by late afternoon the group were able to look up at a completed roof, knowing it had been finished at just the right time as more rain clouds approached.  There was then some time to make some slight improvements to the inside of the building and enjoy a few beers afterwards.  The repair team of 5 Royal Engineers consisted of one Quarter Master Sergeant, an Operations Officer, Signaller, Craftsman and Driver who can happily say they were the first team in 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron to complete a task in the Falkland Islands and were proud to have been assistance to the Hill Cove community.

 

Source:  Media OPS MPC

 

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