Friday 8 May 2015

This year’s gathering of OAs from the 50’s and 60’s was held in Brighton, where Nicola and I have lived since Abba won the Eurovision song contest (in 1974). Some of us started the reunion with guided tours of the Royal Pavilion, the exotic seaside residence of George IV from the time when he was Prince Regent. Our guides made the tour both interesting and entertaining. The building has been beautifully restored and much of the furnishings are on permanent loan from the Royal collection. Both our groups had an informative and pleasurable visit.

Subsequently we gathered in the Grand Hotel on the seafront for a reception and dinner in the Albert room (originally the hotel ballroom). While, sadly, several regulars could not attend this year, a significant number of newcomers swelled the numbers. Teacher Ian Fishpool kindly attended the dinner on behalf of the School and gave us an update on activity at the School including the Fencing Club, which is gaining a good reputation. Thanks to the efforts of Sarah Wearne (the School archivist) and Alison Lester (from the OA office) there were a series of photographs of the school and school events from the 50/60s circulating during the evening. These caused amusement and evoked memories that have become appropriately exaggerated or obscured with the passage of time. We tried to put names to faces. The food was good and conversation flowed. The evening was over before I had talked to half those present.     

Chris Ford (1965)

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