OE Annual Dinner
OE Club President, Ian Cunliffe (Cr 1970-74) was delighted to welcome over 70 guests to the OE Club's Annual Black Tie Dinner in Main Hall, including a number of his contemporaries who had come to support him. The guests spanned many generations, from those who attended the College in the 1940s, to the Head of School and other representatives of the Upper Sixth. There was a 30 Year Reunion for 1987-89 leavers and a large group of 2013 leavers came along to mark their five year anniversary.
After a superb dinner, courtesy of the College's new Executive Head Chef, Headmaster Jay Piggot gave an update on the College's achievements, and talked about bursaries and The Mermaid fundraising campaign, which will benefit all pupils. Planning permission has been granted and the build is set to commence in 2020. The President encouraged all those present to consider supporting the campaign.
Guests then heard from former Head of School, James Smith (P 1982-87), who gave an entertaining speech about his time at the College and expressed his gratitude to the school and his teachers for the education he received.
Jud Drinkall, who retired this year after 37 years as physics teacher, sports coach and Fayrer tutor, was then presented with an OE tie by the President.
One guest commented afterwards, "It was so great to be there with old friends and to connect with interesting people I hadn't known very well at school, as well as meeting others from previous decades. I came away feeling so lucky to have had all those opportunities. The school is looking fantastic and it's clear that it's being well looked after both now and for the future."
To see the photos from the evening, click here.