This event was without doubt one of the best dinners to date. The format remained consistent with 138 gathering at the Queens Hotel for an evening of convivial entertainment. There was much anticipation regarding the presence of our new OBA President and Headmaster of Bournemouth School – Dr Dorian Lewis.
Following grace said by Mr Bryant Sanders MBE, the audience tucked into Smooth chicken liver parfait followed by roast leg of English lamb and to fill the remaining corners profiteroles with chocolate sauce. There may have been some alcoholic accompaniment also in evidence!
Again about 40 non-members swelled our ranks and it would be great if all attending non-members became member. Staff members in attendance included Mr Lenton, Mr Sanders, Mr Stokoe, Mr Hawkins and Mr Spencer.
The school continues to be in fine fettle according to the real life version of events from the School Captain – Lewis Wedgewood. The highlight of the evening however was the inaugural speech given by Dr Lewis. It was agreed that as headmasters do not change every year that to mark the occasion Dr Lewis would be asked to introduce himself and set out his vision for the school.
He gave an entertaining and commanding talk setting out his values and belief in the Grammar School system. It was clear that the school was in good hands and the audience gave Dr Lewis the respect he deserved.
We were pleased to be joined once again by the Old Tauntonians who as ever enjoyed themselves in the spirit of the event.
The evening closed with the usual popular raffle and the committee would like to thank all those that contributed.
We look forward to this year’s event which will be held on September 17th – same time, same place.