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OP SOCIAL EVENTS AND REUNIONS

EVENTS & REUNIONS
A FEW PHOTOS FROM SOME OF THE YEAR ’ S EVENTS AND REUNIONS ...
ANNUAL LONDON BLACK TIE DINNER
Held on Friday 22 November 2019 at the prestigious RAF Club in London , the annual black tie dinner was one of the best yet with a high turnout of OPs including three tables of recent leavers to add to the vibrancy of the occasion . Hosted by the OP President , Trevor Loten ( 70-80 ), the dinner was also an opportunity for OPs to meet the new Headmaster , Toby Seth , who was attending the dinner for the first time .
The evening started in The Churchill Bar with a drinks reception before everyone took their places in the Sovereigns ’ Room for the dinner . After a brief welcome by the President , Darrell Buttery MBE ( 01-06 , Former Teaching Staff ) said the OP grace . Speeches by the President and the Headmaster followed the meal . Trevor gave an update on OP activities and said a few introductory words about the Headmaster before handing over . Toby spoke about his career journey to date and of the warm welcome he had received on arriving at Pocklington almost a year ago . He also spoke of his plans for the future of the school based on the Pocklington values of courage , truth and trust .
After the formalities , guests lingered in the Sovereigns ’ Room or moved back to The Churchill Bar , keen to catch up with each other and continue their conversations .
Reflecting on his first London OP dinner , Toby commented , “ It was a fabulous evening , great company and wonderful to hear so many stories from OPs .”
Trevor added , “ It was so good to see such a wide range of OPs from 1952 to 2017 at the dinner ; the atmosphere was excellent and I hope many more will join us at next year ’ s event .”
Also amongst the guests were recently retired teachers Dave Galloway ( MFL , 99-19 ) and Martin Butcher ( Biology , 79-18 ) as well as fellow honorary OP , David Dyson ( 88-18 ).
Martin commented : “ Many thanks for organising a very enjoyable evening . It was good to catch up with so many people .”
The 2020 dinner has been postponed until November 2021 . Please keep an eye on the OP website for updates .
THE OP LONDON DINNER on Friday 20 November 2020 postponed until November 2021
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