Record numbers turned out for the annual OP Summer Reunion at school on Sunday 23 June 2013 despite the cricket matches having to be abandoned due to heavy rain showers in the late part of the morning.
Rain did not stop play for the OP tennis matches against School which took place later in the day. There was a good turnout of OPs this year and an even number on both sides, meaning that the staff member co-ordinating it, Trevor Loten (70-80), was not able to play this year (sorry Trev!). The ladies were evenly matched against the school pairs as reflected in the final score of 2-2. The men’s team was more mixed with James Bisson and Louis Los, the strongest pair for OPs, remaining undefeated in all their matches. This wasn’t enough to hold back a solid performance from the school team and the final score was 6-3 to school; although, technically speaking, the school was aided by OP and former 1st team tennis player Max Los, who stepped in to play for the school at short notice! No hard feelings though!
The school dining hall was packed out with OPs and guests for lunch which Andrew D’Arcy and his team provided. Guests included 1988 leavers and 1993 leavers who had attended their respective year group reunions in York (1988) and Pocklington (1993) the night before as well as former staff Malcolm Milne and Derek Whilesmith who called in to bid farewell and happy retirement to Peter Edwards (80-13) and Iain McDougall (86-13). After lunch Angie Edwards opened the library and archive room for OPs to browse and school tours were led by current staff Patrick Dare, Andrew Dawes and Doc Dyson.
Next year the OP Summer Reunion will take place a week later, on Sunday 29 June 2014 to coincide with the Party at Pock organised by the Friends of Pocklington School. Both events will be open to OPs and the wider school community as part of the school quincentenary Pockfest 500 weekend. Check the website for updates and further details and remember to book early to avoid disappointment.
OP Ladies’ Tennis Team
Sophie Duncan (05-12), Hattie Lord (05-12), Jenny Owen (97-08) and Charlotte Flint (97-08)
OP Men’s Tennis Team 2013
James Bisson (04-12), Louis Los (99-10), James Sweeting (81-88), Ed Sweeting (84-91), Matthew Smith (87-97), Ben Dawes (01-10), plus Max Los (98-09) on loan to the school!
A J Clarke (01-09), Daniel Dodds (94-96), Sam Dodds (94-97), James Flint (00-11), Isaac Green (09-11), Charlie Lambert (01-08), Peter Massie (00-10), Josh Miller (99-10), Iain Moorhouse (06-12), Richard Readman (97-05), Chris Suddaby (02-10), Hugh Barlow (03-10), Ben Dawes (01-10), Charlie Cawood (99-10), James Lewis (03-09), David Phelan (98-09), Richard Pope (91-93), Peter Tatham (83-93), Sean Houltham (staff). Umpires: David Byas and Mike Newhouse (staff) and Malcolm Milne and David Nuttall (former staff).