Despite a worldwide pandemic which forced us to cancel this year’s Annual Dinner in the Great Hall, it did not stop OBs coming together for a virtual Annual Dinner on Saturday 28th November. Over forty OBs and their partners, across the generations and from all corners of the globe, joined the President, David Murray (69-76) and the Head Master, James Hodgson, to raise a glass to the OB Club and the School.
Despite the different time zones, OBs dialled in from the USA, Canada, Dubai, France and across the UK. Being ‘virtual’ meant that many OBs, who would not normally be able to attend, were able to don a black tie and raise a glass, even if it was only 11am!
David Murray thanked everyone for attending and acknowledged the hard work that the OB Club Team has put into supporting the OB Community over the last few months. The Head Master then went on to give an update on how the School has been coping with all the Covid restrictions. He praised how the boys and staff adapted to the ‘new normal’ and threw themselves into online learning.
This was the first time the Annual Dinner had been cancelled since 1947 when rationing meant that we could not get permission from the Ministry of Food in time. Next year will be the 130-year anniversary of the formation of the Old Bedfordians Club and there is talk that the menu from the first Annual Dinner will be recreated. Mock Turtle soup anyone?!