This year’s OP Summer Reunion hosted by the Old Pocklingtonian Association on Sunday 29 June followed the Party @ Pock hosted by the Friends of Pocklington School on Saturday 28 June to make a fantastic weekend of quincentenary celebrations for all the family.
Many OPs of all ages came to both events, or one or other of the events if they couldn’t make both. Many also took part, either performing on stage at the concert, playing cricket or tennis at the summer reunion, or putting on an impromptu rendition of the school haka ‘Allawalla Tingle’ during a visit to the archives!
Record crowds attended the Party @ Pock concert and were duly entertained by an array of musical talent ranging from current pupils Fred Jibson, Amy Crowther and Fin Henderson to former pupils including singer Claire Russell (96-03) and OP bands ‘Fiction’ (Simon Hudson, 74-81), Bad Robot (Messrs Lord, Pratt, Robertson and Watkins, 01-09) and the Rufus Watson Trio (Rufus Watson, Jordan Smith, Paddy Russell, 06-13). The quality of music throughout the evening was of the highest quality, with the School Swing Band and Staff Band as good as ever!
The finale was a wonderful firework display set to the music of the 1812 overture, followed by curent fifth former, Flo Taylor, leading the community singing of Rule Britannia and Jerusalem.
The OP Summer Reunion the following day also atracted record numbers of OPs and their families with around 170 for the hog roast lunch (kindly sponsored by Walker Crips) plus many others who came along in the morning or afternoon for a visit. As well as the 1st XI cricket fixture against the school, there was OP tennis after lunch and a special 20:20 cricket fixture to celebrate Mike Newhouse’s retirement this summer after 31 years at Pocklington School.
There were many visitors to the archives which were open both before and after lunch and the tours of school were very popular as always. Dan Cimmerman, Peter Edwards and Johnny Sumner also put on an art exhibition in the art classrooms featuring work by current and former pupils including some of Dan, Peter and Johnny’s own work. The afternoon finished with tea in the dining hall before visitors departed or retired to the pavilion to watch the end of the 1st XI match. A successful day which also finished with wins for the OPs in both the cricket and the tennis.
Click here for the live performance of ‘Allawalla’ or see below