OEs came from across the country, and one particular visitor travelled all the way from Canada. For some, it was their first time back in over 50 years. That is arguably the most wonderful thing about our alumni community: it does not matter how long it has been or how far away you live or when you left, when you reunite with Old Elizabethans the shared memories and sense of belonging remain the same.
Earlier in the day, 21 OEs joined us in the afternoon for the Teas and Tours. This year we were accompanied by two QEH boys in Year 7 dressed in the infamous Blue Coats (of course, with yellow socks included). The boys proudly led the tours and showed our OEs around the school. It was a fantastic afternoon and a terrific way to kick-start the annual reunion.
In the evening, at our well-attended Bristol Dinner, our Captains of School, Georgia and Ben, spoke eloquently updating guests about the school's activities.
School Grace proved particularly popular which was wholeheartedly led by Steve Ryan, former boarding master and deputy head.
“Be Present at our table Lord,
Be here and everywhere adored.
These creatures bless and Grant that we
May feast in Paradise with thee. Amen.”
We were fortunate that OE Kadeem Houson (Class of 2009) joined us and gave a very moving speech about the transformative bursary that he was awarded enabling him to study at QEH. Steve Ryan gave a tribute to Dave Perkins and other staff who have sadly passed away in recent years.
If you were one of the 94 guests in attendance, we hope you enjoyed yourself. Thank you for coming along and making it such a delightful evening.
Sign up for our 2023 Bristol Dinner on Saturday 11th November, registration is now open.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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