The Dinner was held at the Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh on Friday, 24th October 2014.
In attendance were Mr & Mrs David Parker (Scottish Branch Secretary), Mr & Mrs Dacre Watson (Club President),
Mr Nigel Halfpenny (representing the Headmaster), Mr Daryl Davies (St Bees School), Mr & Mrs D Lord (St Beghian Society Secretary), Mr Douglas Wares, Mr Tim Mackay, Mr Gordon Mathison,Mr Charlie Crummey, Mr David Elston, Mr & Mrs Nick Hunter,
Mr & Mrs Mike Whipp, Mr & Mrs Anthony Wills, Mr & Mrs Marc Adams, Miss Kitty Hunter, Lt Ian Hunter.
Apologies were received from M. Craig, B. Morrison, J. Hurn, J. Broomfield.
A twenty-two person turnout was a considerable improvement on the last few years and a full table in the Douglas Room of the Royal Scots Club made for a comfortable and evocative evening. Dacre Watson encouraged all attendees to attempt to bring a friend next year with a particular hope of attracting a younger element. Nigel Halfpenny brought us up to date on the school's performance and the encouraging rise in boarding numbers. Daryl Davies spoke of the number of improvements to the school and the intention of launching an appeal next year. In recognition of the centenary of the outbreak of the 1st World War, Douglas Wares gave a heart-rending presentation of the story of the Unknown Soldier. David Lord then gave thanks to all.
A display of memorabilia sent by Dr Reeve from the school archives was shown. This related to William Leefe Robinson VC, who was the first pilot to shoot down a zeppelin in the 1st World War, one of the three VCs awarded to St Beghians during that conflict.
It was encouraging to receive positive feedback about the evening and the wish of many to return next year, in regard to which the same weekend has already been pre-booked.
Thanks should be recorded to the Royal Scots Club, who once again gave us a good meal, very well served, in majestic surroundings.
Please click here to see photographs of the evening.