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OPs reconnect and celebrate at the Summer Reunion 2024

OPs welcomed back to School for a fantastic day of milestone celebrations, reminiscing and festival fun at the OP Summer Reunion 2024.
8 Jul 2024
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This year’s Summer Reunion featured several year group reunions with OPs from 1964, 1974, 1994, and 2014 returning to celebrate milestone leaving anniversaries at their alma mater. The Friends of Pocklington School Committee’s 'Pock Fest' event was held on the same day in the afternoon, adding to the lively and fun atmosphere around the school site, and with the weather set fair for a change, an enjoyable day was had by all.

As per tradition, the day started with the OP cricket match getting underway at 11.00am with a strong OP side poised to take on the school’s 1st XI. The ever-popular archive was open for visitors in the morning, and teaching staff member, Patrick Dare, led a pre-lunch tour of the school for the Class of 2014, who were celebrating 10-year s since leaving School.

Year groups marking special leaving anniversaries had reserved tables for the carvery lunch, ensuring that classmates could sit together and catch up on old times. As last year, David Richardson (46-53) and David Wood (47-54) were the two most senior OPs in attendance. The lively atmosphere and animated conversations filling the dining hall were a sure sign that everyone was having an enjoyable time.

Charlie Lambert (01-08), OP President, and Toby Seth, Headmaster, said a few words of welcome and gave a brief update on the School, before Rachel Dare, OP Liaison Officer, gave special mention and a round of applause to school cook, Debbie Stringer. Debbie has been in her role at the School for 50 years since she left school – an amazing accomplishment!

After lunch, the cricket resumed, the Sixth Form tour guides assembled their groups for the tours, and Trevor Loten coordinated (and played in) the Edmund-Loten mixed doubles tournament on the school astros. Meanwhile, on Fenton's field, the Pock Fest event was in full swing with live music, a variety of food and craft stalls, games, and activities including a giant inflatable slide and a bucking bronco!

The day concluded with afternoon tea in the Dining Hall to round off another excellent Summer Reunion event for OPs – even the weather played its part with a spell of long overdue sunshine making the day an even more enjoyable occasion!

Thank you to everyone who came this year and we hope to see many more OPs at next year’s event! Date to be announced soon!

Click here for the OP Cricket results and report

Click here to read the Edmund-Loten Tennis results and report

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