The fifth Eye Grammar School reunion was held at the old school on Saturday 29th June 2013. One hundred and twenty five ex-students and fifteen guests attended to enjoy another successful day organised by the EGOSA Committee under Chairman Barry Dye. Two ex-teachers, Anne Fewkes and Andrew Stratfold, attended as guests. The memorabilia display was again organised by Janet Davey, while the Queen's Head, Eye provided the bar.
It had rained hard in the previous few days making entrance for cars to the sports field off Hoxne Road a trial. However, Bert Hatcher successfully managed to get all the visitors' cars through the muddy entrance!
The event started at 11.00 and got under way with a well-attended church service in Eye parish church - Rev Rex Cousins took the service, Norma Howell read the lesson, Mike Salt talked about the late Biology teacher, Richard Parker, and Doug Chittock played the organ. The service ended as usual with the school song.
The service was followed by the dedication of the hawthorn tree in the churchyard planted in memory of Richard Parker. Miss Anne Fewkes placed the commemorative plaque at the base of the tree. Jerry Rolfe bought and planted the tree for the association.
In a busy day, the next event was a group photo of members standing at the front of the school - a second photo included guests. THe photos were taken from the castle mound oppposite. The photographs were later (in July) sent by email to all members for whom an email address was held. The photos are still available on request.
A high quality buffet provided by Gail's Country Kitchen was taken at lunchtime with tea and biscuits available at tea-time.
Yet again old friendships were renewed and new ones started. A great day was had by all.
The next reunion is set for June 2015. This will mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of EGS and may very likely be the last. Therefore, the committee are expecting a fine turnout of the remaining members!
Class of 1954 : David Chapman, Rod Bulmer, Bert Hatcher, Barbara Bulmer (Holmes), Barry Dye, Ann Wilby (Steward), Ray Collins
Members and Guests photograph taken from Eye Castle by Mr John Read
CLICK HERE for 2013 Reunion Attendance List