Acclaimed mentalist Joel Mawhinney will be our post-dinner entertainer
THE annual Bangor Grammar School Old Boys’ dinner is drawing ever nearer – Friday 18 November (7.30 for 8pm) at the Marine Court Hotel are the date and the venue to mark in your diaries and quite clearly a large number of you have already done just that!
It is with great delight that Bangor Grammarians, the association for former pupils of the School, can report that bookings have already passed the 80 mark, with paid-up attendees spanning no fewer than seven different decades, from the 1950s through to the 2010s.
As ever, the dinner is attracting the support of our year groups, particularly those with an anniversary to celebrate. This year the spotlight turns very much to the legendary ‘Class of 1951’, with its members celebrating 65 years since they first entered the school gates at College Avenue. Hopes are also high that those who joined First Form at Bangor Grammar School in September 1966 will be there in large numbers, along with some of the more recent year groups from recent decades.
Rather than a post-dinner guest speaker, this year we enter new territory with a literally mesmerising young entertainer (and past pupil) in Joel Mawhinney, whose busy diary in late November includes appearances in Portstewart, Newtownards, Moira, ‘Derry and Newry. Joel is a rising star of mentalism, described by U105’s Frank Mitchell as “absolutely unbelievable” and by Radio Ulster as “a modern genius.” Better still is the ringing endorsement he received from the Law Society NI – “this man makes outsmarting a room full of lawyers look easy!”
Over the past decade Joel has learned how to combine his skills of deduction, suggestion and psychology to storm stages across the country. The Old Boys’ dinner will be no exception and he will likely reveal closely-guarded secrets, childhood memories and even supposedly secure PIN codes!
Booking forms for the dinner were included with copies of the 2016 Grammarian magazine (printed and online editions) and have also been included with dinner-related emails. However, all those wishing to know how to book, paying either by cheque or via online banking, can obtain further information by contacting our dedicated email address, firstname.lastname@example.org The cost remains at £30 and the three-course meal will consist of melon, roast beef and Pavlova.
It will be a great night out with top-notch after-dinner entertainment, as well as an opportunity to catch up with old friends – all linked by attendance over the years at Bangor Grammar School.