What an Night!... TERRIBLE!!!
But Thankfully that was only the Weather! - Everything else about the Evening was, to Quote one of the other chaps I overheard
"Bloody Great !"
Difficult to know where to start in Thanking people but :-
Firstly for providing the Function Room, the superb + very generous Buffet, All for Free Must be Rocky + Debbie Rowe - bbBrilliant.............
Not forgetting of course Nick Barr for proposing the idea in the first place + then following things through to organise it with Rocky,......... Eric Welburn + myself mostly just giving moral support!
A special mention to Peter Robinson who had the forsight to bring a camera to record the occasion! (CLICK Here to View Pictures) also to Mick Tadman for his assistance contacting Mr Rippon
Last but not least Everyone attending, some people coming quite a distance on a very rainy evening, but well worth it I'm sure you'll agree.
What You Missed!
I think most people will agree that the highlight of the evening was the arrival of our old GST teachers, Mr Grant + Mr Rippon. Right up to the last moment we were not sure if they would be able to make it !
Very sad to see that Mr Grant (81) is now suffering badly from the affects of Parkinson's disease (although by all accounts he still had been keen to attend) However despite this he still seemed able to recall past events and all the old boys who had a chat with him during the course of the night, even those who were at GST back in the 1950's!
We extend our thanks to Mr Grant's daughter and also Mr Rippon for escorting him to the reunion,and again to Mr Rippon( still very fit + active) who brought along two original full school photographs from 1964 and 1973...............(see letters below)
I think it was a nice touch that our old teachers received a spontaneous round of applause on their departure ...well deserved!!
So who Turned Up
Well 31 "Old Boys " signed our Reunion Register, however there must have been at least a dozen others who avoided doing so !!
Please Tell me if I've not named someone you know who was there, but I haven't listed below.
Mr Bill Grant
Mr Jack Rippon
|Peter Robinson||Graham Bird|
|Mick Taylor||Jess Pelucci|
|Wilf Taylor||Jim Rowley|
|Mick Tadman||Dave Myers|
|Clive Murray||Baz Buncher|
|Alan Chapman||Bill Cammish|
|Mike Barnes||John Ward|
|Pete Arliss||Steve Martin|
|Jeff Barnes||Tom Newton|
|Roy Haylett||Tom Rowley|
|John Barker||Mick Watts|
|Bill Wood||Mick Sheader|
|Paul Knight||Derek Whitehead|
|Bob Knight||Nick Barr|
|Dave Cape||Eric Welburn|
|William G Stewart||Bob Delaney|
|Harry Stringer||Who've I missed?|
|Steve Thomas||Please let me Know!|
Letters below received from Mr Rippon + Mr Grants daughter.
On behalf of Mr Grant and myself I would like to thank you for the reunion of the Graham Sea Training School.
It was a real pleasure to be there + especially to see so many of you, obviously proud of your association with that unique establishment.
I personally was so pleased to be able to accompany my good friend Roy Grant, somewhat frail but so strong in spirit.
All good fortune to you,