A memorial holly tree was planted and a plaque unveiled at a ceremony to remember OP Holly Mills (1997-2003) who sadly died in 2011 after a nine-year battle with variant CJD. The ceremony took place on Saturday 9 March 2013 at school and was attended by Holly’s family and close school friends as well as the Headmaster, Mark Ronan, and teaching staff, both current and retired, who knew Holly during her time at Pocklington. Also in attendance were retired teacher Rob Peel (1972-2011) who came up with the initial idea for the memorial and OP President Tom Nash (1968-1977) representing the Old Pocklingtonian committee who sponsored the ceremony.
Guests gathered in the Gruggen Room for coffee and pastries before making their way out into St Nicholas’ Court for the ceremony. Holly’s father, Peter Mills, said a few words about Holly and the happy times and many friends she had enjoyed at school before officially planting the holly tree and unveiling the plaque with Holly’s mother, Linda.
After the ceremony the family and OPs made their way back inside to have a tour of school lead by Rob Peel and current member of the teaching staff, Patrick Dare.
OP Claire Russell (1996-2003) commented “Thank you for organising such a lovely day on Saturday. Despite the sad circumstances, it was lovely to see staff and friends and catch up!”
Thanks also go to OP Jenny Brownlee (née Hudson, 1997-2003) who helped to co-ordinate the event and liaise with family and friends and Pocklington School staff members Paul Wright (Gardener), Matt Partis (Premises Manager) and Andrew D’Arcy (Domestic Bursar) for their support with the preparations for the event.