It’s been another busy year for the Old Bedfordians Club, culminating in the Annual Dinner which took place in the Great Hall on Saturday 16th November.
This year, we were thrilled to be joined by 45 OBs from the 1989 leavers group, some of whom hadn’t returned since leaving some 30 years ago…a magnificent effort indeed! As part of their reunion weekend, they revisited some of their old haunts, much to the delight of the local publicans! On the morning of the Annual Dinner, they enjoyed a guided tour, reminiscing about their time at the School and retracing their old footsteps. They then tucked into a hearty lunch before watching the 1st XV take on Oakham. Just enough time to freshen up and don their black-tie before coming back to the Great Hall for a thoroughly enjoyable evening…and what an evening it was, with over 170 OBs and guests attending.
The President of the Club, David Murray (69-76), welcomed all, in particular, the Head Master, his wife, Rachel, and the Guest of Honour, Phelan Hill MBE (87-97), a reigning Olympic and World Champion who coxed the Great Britain eight to victory. His speech provided a fascinating insight into the physical and mental determination needed to reach the pinnacle of his chosen sport.
Throughout the evening, there was a fantastic atmosphere and camaraderie in the room. Thank you to all for attending, particularly to those (young or old!) who travelled from abroad and those who came to their first OB event since leaving School – you are all most welcome and we hope that you will all join us at future reunions and gatherings.