Celebrations were held at Dunston Hall Hotel, Nr Norwich. Over a glorious weekend 28 Ex brats plus 23 Ladies attended. The main gathering day Friday 22nd May 2009, was spent catching up on all the gossip as is appropriate when renewing acquaintances, and also making use of the fine amenities available at the hotel including the fine golf course. It was here that a new event was added to The European Golf Tour, in the form of ‘The 82nd Open’. Hotly contested by ‘Chas’ Dewar, ‘Rip’ Kirby, ‘Mo’ Conybear and Mike Pond, much time was spent in local woodland, ably assisted by Eileen, Mike’s caddie, studying the local flora and fauna, whilst looking for the odd lost ball!
In the evening we dined casually, a buffet style meal, held in the Bunkers Bar. We welcomed some new faces (that are still coming out of the woodwork), Alan Walker, Nigel and Brenda Bacon and Julian (Yank) Francis. Yank brought with him (still in pristine condition) the original entry banner, which took pride of place in the dining room.
Saturday dawned with weather made for taking in the delights of the local area, which meant for most, the beautiful city of Norwich.
The gathering in full refinery on Saturday evening ready for the celebration dinner. Following the customary photo session, the 82nd Entry was given a rendering of all the old favourites by piper John Walker (83rd Entry), before being called into dinner by Maurice Conybear with a fine rendition of General Parade on his cornet. As was to be expected, following a fine meal, drinking and reminiscing went on until the late hours. Mike Pond gave a "short" address see photo, running through one or two members service careers, showing that some of us had certainly been around a bit. Mike and Martin Harvey had also gone to great trouble and had managed to borrow from the archives details of the entry from day one, and even the final examination marks for all subjects which proved to be of great interest. George Wade provided a rolling display of photos from previous reunions, many other interesting snippets were also on display.
Many thanks to Mike and Eileen Pond for the work they put in to make the weekend such a success.
Plans have already been made for 2010. Next year we will be meeting at the Hilton Hotel Portsmouth, during the weekend of 28 / 29 of May. The formal dinner will be on the Friday. All information will be available on this site. If you have any questions prior to that you can contact : Mick Simmons.01428 / 724470 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The gathering before dinner Joined by the Ladies.
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