Branch Secretary: Steve Aughton (1983-1990)
Date of next dinner: Friday 14th March 2014
Venue: Red Rose Suite, Lancashire C.C.C.
Photos from the 2013 Manchester Dinner are available here.
Manchester 2013 Report
This year’s Manchester Dinner was again held at the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, the newly named ‘Emirates Old Trafford’, on Friday 1st March. The Red Rose Suite was our venue as sadly, our original home, the Lancaster Suite, is no more, having been demolished as part of the Pavilion rebuilding programme.
The Dinner was, as usual, well attended by 42 OL’s and staff ranging from undergraduates to a 90 year old. Our President, Brian Ashton MBE, gave a lively account of his early departure from the school 6th form, evidenced by wearing, beneath his chain of office, the shirt of the ‘Black Sheep Society’, of which there is currently just one other member. This was followed by anecdotes from his years of involvement with the England RU coaching setup culminating in his role as coach of the World Cup Final team in 2007. Brian’s involvement with the School continues to this day with occasional rugby coaching sessions – with mixed results! Brian concluded by toasting to LRGS.
The new Headmaster, Dr Chris Pyle, then gave his first address to the Manchester Branch, displaying knowledge of the school history sadly lacking in most of those present, with fascinating accounts of school life in the early 19th century. The Headmaster then brought us up to date on the developments at the School, including the refurbishment of Old School House, also paying tribute to the advances in school facilities during the tenure of Andrew Jarman. Chris has settled easily into his role of promoting the School to Old Lancastrians and was well received by an audience, most of whom were meeting him for the first time. Chris finished by raising a toast to the OL Club.
After the loyal toast, announced by his old friend, Paul Bradburn, Paul Fitton concluded by announcing he would be stepping down as Branch Secretary after 11 enjoyable years to take on the role of President in succession to Brian Ashton. He reminded everyone that it was Paul Bradburn who warned him when he took on the role in 2002 that he would ‘never get rid of the job’. More reason to be delighted, therefore, that a most capable successor in Steve Aughton was keen and enthusiastic to take on the role.
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