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On the first of the Twilight Talks, Bill Tyrer told stories of voyages in the high seas. Margaret Cochrane and Jan ClarkeJohn and Joan GarnerVal Neumann, Doug and Greer RutherfordAn enthusiastic BMI member at Twilight Talks!On the first of the Twilight Talks, Bill Tyrer told stories of voyages in the high seas. Margaret Cochrane and Jan ClarkeJohn and Joan GarnerVal Neumann, Doug and Greer RutherfordAn enthusiastic BMI member at Twilight Talks!

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From Merseyside to Manhattan

Twilight Talks in Ballarat took off in its second series with 60 people ready to set sail with Bill Tyrer as he took them on a voyage of discovery from Merseyside to Manhattan.

Bill is a man who has always made the best out of every situation. Born a scouse, (that is someone from Liverpool – and that means Merseyside!) life was pretty tough. But leaving school at 14 Bill never felt deprived, never felt hungry. He grasped every opportunity that came his way.

A bit of a scallywag, Bill used a few tricks to acquire the odd penny or two. His first paid employment was as a telegram boy, delivering the dreaded news to families of soldiers who had died in the war. But it did give the opportunity to cycle around the docks, which he loved.

A bit of a scallywag who found a love for ships

At 16 he had found his life’s love – ships. With help from his parents he bought his uniforms – and he was off on the high seas. There was nothing he didn’t see: snake charmers in Bombay, magicians – you name it he saw it. He couldn’t believe his luck.

Bill was a great speaker and we enjoyed hearing his engaging Twilight Talk

With the clock ticking and the ship in dock straining to set sail, Bill hardly had time to mention the adventures on board the luxury liners he worked on. Bill has such a great way of taking us in the Humffray Room on his voyages we feel pretty confident that he will return to tell us more of his adventures on the high seas. We will certainly look forward to that!

Fiona Watson.

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