Recently speaking at the 20th Anniversary dinner for the Solent Association of WRNS and other Naval women brought back powerful memories. I wonder if military women nowadays realise the battles we fought for them. All those stereotypes, prejudices, sexism and more that had to be overcome. Those other “female-firsts” at the dinner may never be fully recognised for the trails blazoned but it didn’t stop us all having a fantastic time. For me, there were names and memories from nearly half a century ago that are still vibrant and powerful. As a blind veteran, it was good to share memories of our times in uniform plus the adventures I’ve had in the decades since. My thanks to every one of them who touched my life.