Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Reunion Dinner

I jumped out of bed an hour later this morning, suffering from a slight hangover. The Class of '78 Reunion Dinner had taken place at the Strangford Arms Hotel in Newtownards, County Down, on Saturday night.

It was great to see so many old faces, including about eight teachers.

At six-thirty we were all welcomed with a Champagne reception accompanied by delicious canap├ęs; welcome introductions began an hour or so later; while at eight forty-five there was a humorous Mastermind-story-telling game on the stage.

The buffet-style dinner was held in a function room upstairs, with a choice of chicken curry or beef stroganoff and rice. Garlic bread was available, too. Dessert was a sumptuous kind of Pavlova affair with strawberries and whipped cream. Coffee and wine were also served.

As far as I remember we all generally behaved fairly well! The guest speakers were Billy Gray (former Head Boy) and John Knox (former master). It was really a very memorable occasion.

3 comments :

Sandy said...

Good to see you again Tim, and (nearly) everyone else from the old place!
Interesting evening it was!

Timothy Belmont said...

I think quite a number of us had more than our fair share of restoratives and grub, self indulging in seconds. I still had the nose-bag on stuffing myself woth 2nd helping of pudding when taxi turned up.

Saw one poor fellow sitting with his head on a table in a stupor; G Whittley assisting him.

Anonymous said...

Was it a "men only" event or where there some ladies present?
Have you got any photos of the event?
Cheers,
J