Medical Graduates of 1966
45 year reunion of 1966 year
The 45 year reunion dinner of the 1966 year group was held on October 15th 2011. The function was very efficiently organised by Dave Hosking who had booked the Priest House Hotel at Castle Donington for the gathering.
34 members of the year were able to get to the reunion with about 12 spouses, in addition to two couples where both husbands and wives were graduates from the year.
A difference from earlier reunions was the encouragement to assemble on the previous day (Friday 14th). Many of the year took this suggestion up and a most enjoyable pre-reunion get together resulted. Most of the group stayed at the Priest House Hotel and a number joined a walk on Saturday morning from Ticknall Village to Ingleby for a pub lunch. The five mile stroll through very pretty countryside was much enjoyed by those who joined in. Arthritic knees and hips and poor eyesight did not dampen the enjoyment and we were led by Dave Horton who lived nearby and had done the walk before.
Even though there were some detours we arrived at the pub more or less on time and were able to sit outside in glorious sunshine. The whole event was much appreciated and we managed to get back to Castle Donington in good time for the evening gathering.
The main event worked extremely well and the successful recognition of old friends after a lapse of many years (in some cases several decades) was reassuring – in respect of the fact that physical decay seemed to be limited and memory was largely intact!
The attendees ranged in age from around 68 to 80 but most were well and active. Almost all were fully retired though a few continued with some (part time?) work.
Those present included: John Bate, John Beynon and Wai-Pin (née Chan), Charles (Humphrey) Browne, Hugh Edmondson, Ralph Edwards, Ian Forrest-Hay, Margaret Barker (née Hall), Jean Harding (née Wilkinson), Rob Harding, Di White (née Hawkes), Ralph Hibbert, Dave Horton, Dave Hosking, Martin Hoskisson, Stephan Jain, Steve Jones and Paddy (née Whytock), Harry Leung, Eddie Majekodunmi, Mike McKiernan, Jim Moore, Ann Chande (née O’Donovan), Gordon Read, Penny Holcroft (née Rice), Guy Richardson, Mike Rose, Paula Salmons (née Harris), Anne Rae (née Skidmore), Mike Spokes, John Walpole, Rob Wilkes, Jim Wilkinson and Pam Sim (née Woodward).
Grateful thanks are due to David Hosking and to his wife Margaret for their hard work in organising a most successful reunion. We look forward to the 50 year get-together with anticipation!
Jim (Jimmy) Wilkinson