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Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

Like Tom I will not be at the reunion next week . I so enjoyed the last one in 2009 , which was the last time I saw my brother Peter. This site has been a great joy to me to read about the memories of the school from all the old boys has been wonderful Living as I do on the other side of the world I had given up hope of making any contact until this site appeared so thank you Chris for taking on the project in memory of your father .
I look forward to 2013 when I will make every effort to be at the next reunion , may even see some of the Ashes Tests too .

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

Dear Mike

Sorry you and Mary can't make it this time, but we shall look forward to seeing you in 2013. Talking of the Ashes, Gill and I spent a super morning earlier this month at the MCG Sports and cricket museum. Having opted not to take the guided tour, four or five of the guides, 'scenting' that we were Poms, battened on to us and gave us the tour (and more besides) anyway. Thanks to Bill Walsh, incidentally, for suggesting we visit the museum, even before our last trip 'downunder', over a year ago.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Cottingham, East Yorkshire

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

Hi Doug
Pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Museum visit at the MCG. I was impressed with the guides too who are ready to chat and make visitors welcome. Did you manage to take in an Aussie Rules match? Now that is something a bit different for a Pommy visitor!! Cheers.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1947-51

Current location (optional) Auckland, NZ

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

Well, Bill, we borrowed a house from friends who are Geelong supporters, but only saw games on tv - fast and furious, it seems to be a mirror image of 'real' rugby, forward passes are 'de rigeur', you can knock-on to your heart's content, off-side is a way of life... Am I beginning to understand it, would you say?

Must tell you, though. Last March (2010) we decided to go to the MCG as a part of my birthday celebrations, but after a rather lengthy lunch on South Bank we set off a bit late. We went by the scenic route i.e. the wrong side of the river, so by the time we actually got to the stadium (the wrong side of the stadium) it was already late, and by the time we got round to the right side - where a few doors were open, we were told the museum had closed 20 minutes ago. Gill knew how much I'd set me heart on it, so she pleaded with the man, and in sheer desperation she ended by saying 'It's his 70th birthday, isn't there anything you can show us?' To which he replied "Oh, all right then, you can come in and watch the last two hours of the game if you like". Victoria were playing against Queensland, so we got a couple of beers and settled down to a great pleasure - the more so since it was free! I never dreamt as a kid that I'd ever sit in that great Cricket Mecca and watch a Sheffield Shield match! It made my day!

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Cottingham, East Yorkshire

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

It is sure a great experience to enjoy a day at the "G'. Geelong happens to be MY team,as that is where I lived in my years in OZ and I try to visit every couple of years, and of course that is where Trevor Pickles lives. Imagine my joy as a teen in the mid 50s wtching England, well MCC, going through the Aussies. Hutton, May, Cowdrey, Trueman, et al. It was good to be a pom in those days. Mind you, as my Aussie mates said at the time, "enjoy it while you can!" Cheers Doug, you might end up an Aussie yet! Regards, Bill

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1947-51

Current location (optional) Auckland, NZ

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

Lest I forget over the next three days, ( which I am not likely to), to those of you who will be attending please convey my regards and best wishes to all. Advise them that I am fit and well and content and will sorely miss their company as much as I shall miss that wonderful buffet. Enjoy your selves and the day. Arthur

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

I'll add your name to the list of well-wishers to be read out to the (reduced) number of participants. We shall miss you too, Arthur, but David will be keeping the Seeley flag flying!

Bill, it was at Trevor Pickles's house I saw Geelong Cats winning on tv - no option but to see it as Gail, Trevor's wife, is a fanatical supporter! T & G should be just about touching down at Tullamarine after their month-long trip over this side - so welcome home to them (when Trevor catches up on his email).

Doug

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

I too send my best wishes for a pleasant evening. I am normally in W Yorks Tues-Thurs every week, but not Fridays.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

It was a real good do. Thanks to Doug for organising it. Met Roy Butterfield whom I had not seen for 46 years. Brilliant!

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

I will second that with the greatest of pleasure. My compliments also go to the caterers for an excellent meal!

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

D'accord Sean and Alec - and thanks also, Gill, and to all who turned up - without whom it would have been a non-event. Good to see the usual suspects and some unexpected characters from the past - viz Bruce Grime whom I recall was a regular but of Albert's (good-humoured??) victimization. Good to see you, Bruce? Can you make the next one?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Nirvana

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

Anyone took some photos to add to the website?

And is it possible to list the attendees?

Thanks
Chris

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

As at the 2009 reunion I was the youngest one there. No one from my year or later turned up. If this carriesn on I can envisage a time when only myself and Spike will be there.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 55-60

Current location (optional) Under the stairs.

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

Alec,

I may attend the next one. Although I am not an Old Boy, I would be the youngest there!

Cheers
Chris

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

I'll hold you to that,Chris.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 55-60

Current location (optional) Under the stairs.

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

Here! Here!

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Nirvana

Re: Biennial Reunion 2011

Chris, apologies that our contribution to the photographic record has gone up only now, but we went off for a fortnight's holiday in Greece the day after the event and so had no time then. A pity really because I should have liked to send the group photo to the 'Keighley News'. Too late now, I fear.

Alec and David, however, filled in where Gill and I failed on the website. Our thanks to both.

I shall get a list of participants to you next week.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

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