Reunion 2000

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Pat Green

The second 87th Reunion to commemorate 40 years since graduation was held at a hotel in Solihull. As for last year it was very well organised by Pat and Dave Green - well mostly by Pat! Pat and Dave with the 87th notice board by reception were there for most of the afternoon to meet and greet 87th as they arrived.

(Photo Chris East)

Gus and Sarah

Gus and Sarah Turnbull having checked in with Pat and Dave Green agreed to smile at the camera. They had come down from Scotland.

(Photo Chris East)

Derek and Beverley

Derek Hogarth here had come all the way from Los Angeles with his wife Beverley for the reunion. Gus Turnbull (on right) is in the picture again. This was a riggers group! Not sure who is snoozing in the background - maybe not one of ours!.

(Photo Chris East)

Tim Wykes

After putting on our number 1's, we were back for pre-dinner drinks. On the left is Tim Wykes (keen supporter of these reunions) and his wife. Tim has been active on behalf of trhe 87th in the past obtaining blazer badges and wall plaques for us.

(Photo Derek Hogarth)

Lester and Beverley

Visible in the foreground are Lester Rawlins and Beverley Hogarth.

(Photo Derek Hogarth)

Graham Marsh

The tables, as last year, were very well decorated. A particularly nice idea from Pat and Dave was a souvenir menu including a graphic of our 87th stained glass window on the front. Graham Marsh at the dinner table here holds court. He tells me that his nickname at Halton was Tweetie Pie as while serving in the mess he hit a 79th over the hand with a serving spoon as he had insisted on wanting an extra sausage - now there's courage for you!

(Photo Chris East)

Dancing

And so to the dance floor.  Visible from left to right are Lenny Sutton, Ike Stow and Pete Excell.  Ike Stow seemed to spend most of the evening there and gave a brilliant display of dancing.

(Photo Derek Hogarth)

Raffle Draw

After dinner Dave Green had us putting fivers marked with our names in a champagne bucket for a draw to raise money to pay for a shortfall on the cost of the evening (we had 65 attending rather then the budgeted 100) and also to boost our administration fund.   Some kind people, who maybe had not previously contributed to the Stained glass window cost of 700, put in 20 notes.  Ike stow having won a prize is seen here drawing another marked fiver.

(Photo Chris East)

Gus and Jim

Jim Thompson and Gus Turnbull

(Photo Derek Hogarth)