On 19th November 2021, after a gap of two years we were pleased to be able to hold our annual reunion dinner once again.
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Fifty four Old Loughtonians attended and we were very please to have John Lindfield and his two sisters Jacqui Boynton & Joanne MacClellan join the dinner for the first time.
The dinner was tinged with sadness as unfortunately Graham Finch a past President and committee member had sadly died on the 10th November. Many will remember Graham with affection as he had been our Master of Ceremonies at the dinner for several years.
After the AGM at 7:00 pm that evening the newly appointed President & Vice President, namely Andrew Gemmill (1967) & David McAdams (1955) were clapped in to the top table for dinner.
As customary Magpie Catering, who have dealt with our catering needs for the past seven years did not fail to disappoint us with this years meal and service, which was first class.
The formalities were completed by 9:00 pm which left plenty of time for the reunion especially as we had not seen each other for 2 years due to the pandemic.
The names of the fallen from both world wars, as well as members who had died in the last 24 months were read out by the Vice President (David McAdams) and the President (Andrew Gemmill) laid a wreath on the Roll of Honour for those who died in WW1 and a moment silence followed.
The Secretary (Malcolm Trowbridge) reported that when sending out the OL Magazine he had included an invitation to the dinner to Meredith & Eleanor Houston. But had subsequently received a telephone call from Meredith, who thanked him for the invitation but due to health reasons both he and Eleanor would not be able to attend. In spite of them both being 92 years of age they were confined to wheelchairs, but mentally still very sharp. As MKH said “they haven’t found the silver bullet yet”
Out of the fifty four OL’s attending the dinner this year and under the circumstances it was thought to be a good number and judging by the feedback everyone appeared to enjoy themselves.