A new plaque has been erected in memory of former Chemistry teacher and Housemaster R T E ‘Reggie’ Allen who was at Pocklington School from 1936 to 1974.
The idea for the new plaque was kindly initiated and funded by OPs Andrew (40-43) and John Dunning (35-38) and Peter Blacker (40-46). They attended the OP Summer Reunion in 2013 and, during their tour of the school grounds, came across the existing plaque by the dawn redwood tree planted next to the cricket pavilion in memory of Mr Allen. They noticed that the plaque was starting to deteriorate and in their opinion was no longer befitting their former master of whom they have very fond memories and still hold in very high regard to this day.
Andrew said “I was admiring the tree and saw that the plaque was looking in a bit of a sorry state. I had good memories of Reggie Allen and felt that a more permanent plaque, with a bit more information would be a good thing to have.”
With the help of the OP Office, Andrew contacted Reggie’s daughter, Cynthia Chandler (née Allen, 56-57), to check that the family were happy with the idea and approved the wording and design of the new plaque. The family were delighted and touched by the gesture and were very happy to give the go ahead.
Once the plaque was made, the maintenance team at Pocklington School created a plinth to mount the plaque and it was finally put in place on Tuesday 9 February 2015.
Very many thanks to Andrew, John and Peter for their support with this project.