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Alumni Enjoy Biggest May Reunion Yet

Saturday, 17 May 2014

This year’s May Reunion was the biggest yet, with over 260 alumni and former staff returning to Bolton School on Saturday! Pupils from the classes of 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994 and 2004 were in attendance, including two mother-daughter pairs. There was also the reminder that the Bolton School alumni community is international, with quite a few guests travelling from across the globe from places as diverse as Croatia, Sydney (Australia), San Francisco (USA), Germany, Otago (New Zealand), the Netherlands, Greece, and Toronto (Canada) to attend.

Alumni and former staff enjoyed welcome drinks in the Riley Centre and were formally welcomed by the Heads, Philip Britton and Sue Hincks. They then enjoyed lunch in the Boys’ Division Dining Hall – offering many Old Girls a first trip into the Boys’ Division! The guests joined together to sing Happy Birthday to Bernard Nolan, former Clerk and Treasurer, who turned 90 the day before the reunion.

Lunch was followed by tours of both Divisions, which were a great way for alumni to step back in time and remember their own school days. Former pupils also made the most of the pleasant weather in the gardens at the rear of the Riley Centre afterwards.

Old Girls Ruth and Rowena Haley were one of the mother-daughter pairs to attend the reunion.

“What a splendid afternoon I had in the company of 1964 Old Girls, and the 2004 Old Girls from my daughter’s year!” Ruth said. “I enjoyed a trip down memory lane over lunch with people I still picture in school uniform sitting at their desks. It would be interesting to find some of the 1957-64 school lunch menus, as way back then lasagne and curry were unheard of. Mind you the food then was not as important as learning the etiquette of eating together, with the final reward in 6th Form of taking lunch on the top table with Miss Higginson.”

Rowena said of the day, “The best part for me was getting to look around the Girls Division. Apart from the prominent Riley Centre popping up in the main entrance and the presence of Mac computers in the Turret Library, nothing much seems to have changed. The corridors still smell the same and I still find the sight of the Great Hall set up for exam conditions very stressful! I’m really pleased I was able to attend the reunion – it was very nice to see everyone again.”

 

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This year, the May Reunion was exceptionally well attended

This year, the May Reunion was exceptionally well attended

Ruth Haley and her daughter Rowena are both Old Girls

Ruth Haley and her daughter Rowena are both Old Girls

Old Girls from the Class of 1974

Old Girls from the Class of 1974