This year the school was represented magnificently by Ali Fadayevatan and Susannah Hallgarth. Prior to their address the audience were treated to a short film of what it means to be an Edwardian which had been made by Ali. This production is a magnificent piece of work and a testament to the standard of students the school is producing. Their address was informative and extremely well received.
The guest of honour and main speaker was the truly inspiration Kate Allatt, a mother of three young children, a former business woman anf fell runner who, following a serious brain stem bleed, suffered from ‘locked-in’ syndrome. Many of you will have seen Kate on television or listened to her on BBC radio. Her fight to recover her life from her devastating condition despite being given the worst possible prognosis, was truly remarkable. Our thanks go to her for her speech and presentation, which included, probably for the first time at the dinner, an experiment on several of the diners.
As always the food was excellent, service exemplary and the company even better. The raffle and subsequent auction conducted by the ubiquitous Chris Mower, raised much needed funds for the Association and many thanks go to all those Old Edwardians who donated prizes and of course to those outside the Association who were more than generous with their raffle prizes. Thanks must also go to the committee who worked hard behind the scenes to make sure the dinner was a success and of course to Nicol Garnon who yet again spent most of the evening sneaking up on people and photographing them.
The 2017 dinner is already scheduled for Maundy Thursday at Baldwin's. Please try to attend and encourage friends, colleagues and contemporaries to come along too. We would like to break the 150 barrier or perhaps slightly ambitiously the 200 mark. Baldwins assure me that they do have lots of chairs.
See you all next year.
John Parr (1968-75)