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Class of 1959 60th Class Reunion - 20th/21st May, 2019

2019 is the year for the 60th Reunion of our AGS Class of 1959.

Our original planning group - Jim Lyon, David Henderson, Ian Logan, Mike Wood and I - met last year to start putting plans in place. However, as you probably know, very sadly Jim passed away in September.

We then decided to put all plans on hold until the start of this year.

Looking ahead, we now have the plans in place for our 60th Reunion:

1) We are planning an informal luncheon on Monday May 20th, 2019 at the Deeside Golf Club. (Cost £25-35).
The luncheon will only be for members of the Class of 1959.

2) On Tuesday May 21st we are planning to have an informal gathering of the Class of 1959 with spouses/guests for morning coffee and scones at the Mariner Hotel, Aberdeen.

For more information, please contact: peter.jeffrey@gmail.com


Posted January 2019

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 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."

Posted October 2009