“School Dinners” 2004
My good friend John Adlington invited/instructed me to attend the 2004 “School Dinners” Annual function on Friday 30th April in St. Georges Hotel, just off Oxford Circus. I am so grateful to him. Until I was actually involved in the incredible atmosphere of good fellowship, tradition and reminiscences-
What an assembly?! There were gentlemen, businessmen, rapscallions and downright “bloody Herberts”-
Of “characters” that has always distinguished “Archbishop Tenison’s” from the Headmaster, Staff and boys to the newest intake of First Formers.
If they did not arrive as characters many of them certainly became characters who will be remembered by their contemporaries forever.
It was extraordinary and rewarding for me to experience the phenomenon of introducing one “O.T.” to another because although they had attended the “School” at different times and had never met-
I had the pleasure of sitting beside President Mickey Vaughan at lunch and was able to unload most of my huge steak on my plate-
To all “O.T’s” who were present-
I cannot congratulate too strongly Eddie Boyle; who shoulders the onerous task of organising this important annual event and I commend every Old Tenisonian to support him in his efforts to preserve this memorial to our days at such a fine old school.
As the only member of the teaching staff present, I intended to keep a low profile but it soon became apparent that this would be impossible. Boys from the Dean Farrar Street and Queen’s Westminster Rifles Drill Hall era: from the Surrey Cricket Club Players’ Long Room era; The Cadet Corps; the Belgian Invasion Party; the P.T. Display Teams and many other facets of life at Tenisons ensured that I could not stand quietly in a corner.
I was sad to have to leave. There were many familiar faces that I saw across that crowded room and I missed the opportunity of speaking to so many. I will certainly arrange o stay longer next year.
Thank you all for a momentous and memorable day.
Best wishes and kindest regards.