Birdwood Park group photo on the afternoon of the reunion. It was a very warm Newcastle so not so many braved the heat to fling their ashes of diplomas to the ground and stay for a group photo. Photo Chris Patterson email@example.com
2019 Report – Garry Jones
Though only a few braved the hot and humid conditions in Birdwood Park late on Saturday afternoon, and as can be seen in Chris Patterson’s photograph, by any measure our reunion was still hailed a great success by all I spoke with. Sure, we could have refined the organising principles a little more, etc.; but the heart of its overall success derived simply from the people who were present. And that was always going to be the case.
We should also bear in mind that a number of people had to travel a great distance to join us on the weekend. We thank you for coming and adding so much to the occasion; and we fully appreciate the time and expense involved.
As one of the three principal organisers, I want to firstly thank Barbara Aroney and Christine Brotherson, the two who complete the trio and who contributed so much on the day and in the weeks leading up to the event. Brilliant!
Others who added importantly to the weekend include: Susanne Harrison, Tony Bright, Varelle Hardy, John Kun, Jo Chisholm, Pat Davidson, Allison Reid, Aldona Zakarouskas, Chris Sanders, Brian Ladd, Barbara Pengilly, Peter Lewis… and others who chipped in when needed. Thank you all. And thank you to Matthew who solved our accursed microphone issues and then played DJ with aplomb well into the night! Thanks must also go to Suzie and the staff at Newcastle Leagues Club for hosting our Saturday gathering. It truly was smooth sailing and, I’m sure you’ll agree, an entirely suitable retro-70s venue!!
Those who got along to the courtyard of the Cricketer’s Arms on Saturday night all seemed to enjoy the balmy night under the stars and a crescent moon; and with our Reunion Endorsed Smoking Club suitably catered for. Oh, and food got served too. Well, eventually.
The small number of late-night dance-goers back at the club had a great time! And, lo and behold, the gorgeous Pat Harrison actually showed up just in time, with travelling suitcase in toe, to rhythmically strut her stuff with the rest of us. Now, there’s dedication to a cause the rest of you slackers could take heed of!
Sunday morning was pretty laid back for all and sundry… with some of us bumping into each other in Darby Street before all assembling in dribs and drabs at the now much-upgraded Commonwealth Hotel, its own elegant courtyard having ample seating and a welcome retractable cover to keep the heat at bay. And it was there and then that people began to float the idea that we should make such gatherings an annual event. True…
Not so much a big REUNION as such… but, rather, setting aside the SECOND WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY EVERY YEARfor those who’d like to catch up and have a laugh to GATHER AT THE COMMONWEALTH HOTEL AT NOONON THE SATURDAY.
Quite an easy thing to remember too: with Valentine’s Day paraphernalia already in the shop windows around the appointed time… i.e., see Heartsand think of… HeArt School! [some hidden truth in there too!]
Garry Jones 12/2/19
Dianne Longley,Bruce Goold, Doug Voorby, David Roach, Merilyn Hamilton, Bruce Rowland, Lindy Carruthers, Kirsten Uhrig, Peter Crousen, Jenny Mein, Marianne McKinnon-Kidd (Sunday only)