The 87th annual Old Boys dinner, held at the Marine Court Hotel on Friday night past, proved an outstanding success with almost that very number attending.
Special honours go to the legendary Class of 1951 (the year they started at BGS) with a truly remarkable attendance of 16 past pupils – bearing in mind the smaller school population at that time – while the ever-reliable Class of 1975 (the year they left BGS) managed 10, none showing (too many) signs of their approaching (or already passed) sixtieth birthdays!
Just as important was the very welcome representation from year groups spanning all the other decades into the 21st Century, along with a number of present day Sixth Formers, attending as special guests of Bangor Grammarians.
While Principal Elizabeth Huddleson was unable to be present as she was in Paris on school business, a short video presentation showing a typical day in her busy life was projected onto a large screen following an excellent meal prepared by the hotel.
Also in a break from tradition, rather than being addressed by a guest speaker, the audience was entertained and enthralled by recent past pupil Joel Mawhinney who is gaining considerable acclaim for his skills as a mentalist. On the basis of his accomplished performance on Friday evening, during which he sought the help of a number of willing Grammarians, he can look forward to a long and rewarding career.
Grammarians chairman Geoffrey Miller extended a warm welcome to everyone and thanked his committee colleagues for their endeavours to ensure the event’s success.
We were delighted to welcome photographers from the County Down Spectator and the Ulster Tatler and look forward (with some trepidation!) to seeing the pictures they took being published in future editions.
While we would hope to have some photographs from the dinner in the near future, in the meantime we would invite guests who took pictures on the night to upload them to the website and Facebook page.
Our picture parade shows chairman Geoffrey Miller addressing the guests, mentalist Joel Mawhinney with assorted ‘helpers’ (Jack Cargo, Victor Haslett, Geoffrey Bowman, Carl McClean, Ronnie Patton and Mervyn Roulston to name a few), plus an impromptu performance at the top table.