50th Reunion Weekend - October 2009
After two years of planning, our Class of 1959 Reunion Weekend was a great success, with nearly fifty of our classmates and many of the wives/partners attending the events.
The weekend started on Friday evening with an informal "meet and greet" at the FP Club. This was a wonderful way to get the weekend going, as some people were - understandably - apprehensive about being able to recognize their classmates after fifty years. However, it certainly did not take long to get the evening going. Large-print name badges were a great help.
On Saturday morning Russell Gray, a former deputy Rector and FP, took us on an excellent tour of the school. The tragic fire at the school in 1986 has allowed extensive changes and modernization to be made and the school is now very well equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century with computer aids in all classrooms and first-class computer labs. Since our time, a superb new sports complex has replaced the old gymnasium and a swimming pool and new assembly hall have been added. It was quite nostalgic to see that the Lower School building looks exactly as it did fifty years ago - even the Lower School Headmaster's sign is still on his office door. As an appropriate finish to a tour of the school, we had a group photograph round the statue of Lord Byron. We are very grateful to Russell Gray for this excellent opportunity to see the school fifty years on.
That evening we all gathered for the formal dinner, which was held in the magnificent setting of the new Deeside Golf Club. The meal and service were outstanding and it all made for a wonderful evening of memories, stories, friends and laughter. Ian Logan welcomed the Rector and guests and Peter Jeffrey recalled some of the memories of our school years and proposed the toast to 'Absent Friends'. One special touch was a table with a single candle, and a list of our departed classmates. We felt it was very important that they were all remembered on this occasion.
On Sunday morning we all met back to the FP Club for brunch and another welcome opportunity to circulate, catch up on yet more stories and memories, and make plans to meet up again.
Michael Wood has done an outstanding job of producing a collection of biographies and photos of our year which gives us a wonderful memento of the weekend. A comment from Michael summarizes the weekend so well: 'It was definitely the best and has provided a rich collection of memories to take with us into the New Year.'
The Class photographs and details of classmates are all available on this site. Please take time, if you have not already done so, to look through the website and let us have any corrections or additions known to you. We would like to keep our website current so please use the Notice Board to leave any messages or information about any of our classmates. If you have any interesting photos please forward to me and I will post them on the News page.
Please keep in touch.
J Peter Jeffrey
Friday 2nd October 2009
Arrival of Attendees
7.00pm - Informal Get-together at AGSFP Club, 86 Queens Road, Aberdeen.
Wine/buffet & blethers
Saturday 3rd October 2009
10.30am - Tour of School conducted by Russell Gray, former deputy Rector.
7.00pm - Reunion Dinner at Deeside Golf Club, Golf Road, Bieldside, Aberdeen.
Preferred dress code – formal.
Sunday 4th October 2009
12.30pm Informal buffet lunch at AGSFP Club.
Wives/partners are welcome to attend any or all of these events.