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Golden opportunity to welcome back the Class of 1969

We welcomed back the Class of 1969 for their OS 50th Anniversary reunion
2 Mar 2020
OS News

The weather was kind as we welcomed back the Class of 1969 for their OS 50th Anniversary reunion on Saturday, 5th October. Travelling from across the country to walk down memory lane, some guests joined us on campus for the first time since they left the College just before man walked on the moon. 

Despite half a century passing since their school days together, there was a positive buzz in the Ferguson Lecture Theatre as soon our special guests arrived. A warm welcome from Past OS President Kate Humber (née Coysten) (YH, 91-93) was followed by a humorous yet moving speech from Head of the Prep School, Bill Toleman. Mr Toleman spoke animatedly of developments that have taken place at the College in the past 50 years and highlighted the positive effect that a College education can have on those that receive bursary assistance. Ian Taylor (Head of Physics, 67-04) rallied our guests, some of whom he had taught during their A-Levels, for the traditional group photograph on the Memorial Hall steps before pupil tour guides showed the Class of 1969 life on campus in 2019. Many stories were shared between the OS and their enthusiastic tour guides before we reconvened for a delicious lunch in the Ferguson Lecture Theatre. Friendships were rekindled and anecdotes and stories of high jinks were traded across tables. 

It was a great pleasure to welcome back the Class of 1969, included amongst them, Head Boy John Rycroft (RPH 64-69), to mark their golden anniversary since leaving the College. We hope that our wonderful guests will not leave it so long before making a return visit to the College and what Old Stortfordian Society has to offer. Thank you to all who joined us.  It is hoped that our guests enjoyed their day on campus as much as we enjoyed meeting them and hearing their stories.

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