More than 100 Old Cliftonians returned to their roots for a black tie reunion at Clifton College.
The proceedings got underway with a Chapel service at 11.30, at which Jez Walters (1997) preached with clarity, humour and insight, lightly dusted with nostalgia. His efforts even earned a round of applause from the school – a rare honour!
Drinks in the Cloisters and Newbolt Room followed before an excellent lunch on the Upper Floor. Then the afternoon provided Old Cliftonians with an opportunity to see those parts of the school that have changed so much in the last 20 years – particularly the Joseph Cooper Music School and the greatly refurbished Science School.
The school was also open for attendees to wander around the grounds and reacquaint themselves with their boarding houses. The re-located Watson’s House drew gasps from the more traditional visitors, and there was a remarkable trip down memory lane as Lucy Nash hosted a tour of the Preparatory School, where some of the attendees had started as boarders in the mid 1980s!
On The Close, Clifton College’s 1st XI playing King's Taunton provided a suitable backdrop to tea taken largely on the parapet, and the evening's festivities kicked off at 7.00pm. The highlights were undoubtedly a sparkling address from the Head Master, and a hilarious after dinner speech from Pat Chatterton (1996).
But the abiding memory of the evening will be of the fun, the camaraderie and the simple enjoyment afforded by the opportunity to catch up with old friends. One Old Cliftonian summed it up beautifully in this note of thanks:
"I think the day went beyond any of our expectations. It was amazing to catch up with everyone and it really was like we'd never been away."
Thank you to all who attended the event.