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Dave Wheatley Commodore
Dave Knight Skipper
Jacquie Hall Smee
Chris Hall Boatswain
Steve Earwicker Stoker
Alan Twelftree Available Seaman
Dave Blakeley Ship's Surgeon
Pete Watts Look Out
Gill Whitney Stowaway
Kevin Brooks Midshipman
Rob Sowerby Big O/D
It is the stated aim of Wareham Whalers to have fun singing in the company of friends, and if we can raise money for a good cause then that is a bonus. If at any time it stops being fun we are agreed that the group will end. In that event, any money held in the bank account will pass to the MS committee.
Dave Wheatley
Commodore

Originally from Leicester, about as far from the sea as you can get in this country. 20 odd years working in advertising in London's West End. Now lives in Wareham. Also member of Wareham Court Leet and Purbeck Mummers. Formed the Whalers in 2004.

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Dave Knight
Skipper

Also known as “Dave the Hair” which has been likened to a burst sofa. Literally and metaphorically all at sea and out to lunch when not. Dave is the Whalers’ musical director and hosts the Folk Night at the Anglebury, North Street, Wareham. He has never let his lack of ability hold him back.

Jacquie Hall
Smee

Jacquie a (now retired) Council worker for 25+ years, and a grandmother. Also the Wareham Town Crier, Mini lover, Whaler and no need to add, but also a wonderful wife and mother!!


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Chris Hall
Boatswain

Chris a retired precision engineer, and an MG enthusiast who took 12 years to renovate a Midget! He is Betsy for Dorset Button Rapper, and Mother to the Purbeck Mummers. Also boatswain to the Whalers and not afraid to use his starter on the scurvy crew.

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Steve Earwicker
Stoker

Dorset Buttons Morris dancer, rapper sword dancer, step dancer, melodeon player, drummer, shanty singer, West Gallery Choir singer, choir conductor, fireman on Swanage Railway.

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Alan Twelftree
Available Seaman

Retired civil engineer, now enjoying two hobbies: sailing and folk music - singing (voice like a foghorn which is also useful when sailing), dancing and playing the button accordion.

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Dave Blakeley
Ship's Surgeon

Retired primary school headteacher. As well as belonging to this motley crew, he is a Dorset Buttons Rapper, at Christmas a Purbeck Mummer and a member of Swanage Folk Festival, organising the many Morris sides that descend on the town every September.

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Pete Watts
Look Out

Being press-ganged by the Whalers saved him from a life of misery as a folk singer.

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Gill Whitney
Stowaway

"Voice like an angel."

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Kevin Brooks
Midshipman

Kevin is Director at BrooksKebbey Limited. He joined the Whalers in 2011 and has claimed that this was a turning point in his life which hitherto had been songless and beerless!

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Rob Sowerby
Big O/D

12 years in the Navy left him with a vast repertoire of 5 songs, all far too ribald for public consumption. Having indulged in many styles of A'capella, he has now completed a full circle and is back to singing with a pint in one hand. Multilingual: English, Irish, Yiddish & Rubbish. The more beer, the further towards the right he gets.

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