70th Reunion @ Taunton

Ken Doig (who does all the work) and I are arranging another OY reunion in the UK to follow up on the two we organised in 1999 and 2009, this time to celebrate the school’s 70th anniversary. As in 2009, Dave Lichtenstein has very kindly offered to email this letter to all OYs for whom he has email addresses, we greatly appreciate his help since we’d be stuffed without it.

Meanwhile Ken and I have decided to hold the reunion over the weekend of 27 and 28 July 2019 so as to coincide as closely as possible with the Kenya Regiment Rafikis’ annual lunch which is normally held in July. For any Old Yorkists living outside the UK who were members of the Kenya Regiment this is an added incentive to visit the UK and attend both functions.

The venue for the reunion will be the Holiday Inn off Junction 25 of the M5 in Taunton, Somerset. We used the hotel in 1999 and 2009 due to its close proximity to two other hotels that can cater for any accommodation over spill should the need arise. Accommodation details are recorded here and other cost details will be communicated before the end of the year to all OYs who indicate their interest in attending the reunion by returning the attached reply form.

Lifts can be arranged for any Old Yorkists who are too old, infirm or simply unable to drive themselves to the venue.

Please indicate on the reply form if you are likely to need one. A golf event is being considered for that weekend for those who may be interested. Please indicate your interest or otherwise on the attached reply form.

As with 2009, Ken and I feel a sit down dinner is preferable to a stand up finger buffet, and once again we feel it would be preferable for wives or partners to be included, though much will depend on the scale of the response to this letter and the capacity of the venue to accommodate us all. One difference is that there will be music. Ken has laid on a band which will treat us to an orgy of nostalgia so that those who wish to, and can get up, can dance, and those who, like me are geriatric and maim, can sit back, listen, and enjoy.

We do not intend to sell souvenirs such as OY ties and shields at the reunion, nor do we intend this time to produce a commemorative OY magazine.

Similarly we do not intend to use the event to fund raise for charities even though in 1999, through the generosity of OYs present, we raised £3,000 for the school which we subsequently disbursed among four worthwhile Kenya causes whilst, in 2009, we raised £5,625 for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. However, having said that, John O’Grady and Alan May might, as trustees of the Optimum Kenya Trust, wish to avail themselves of the opportunity presented by the reunion to raise funds for the Trust about which more at a later date should they so decide.

We look forward to receiving your responses on the attached reply form, and more especially to meeting you in Taunton next July.

In the meantime Ken joins me in sending our very best wishes to you,

Yours sincerely, 
J. P. Tucker