No. 188

OSB Logo The Old St Beghian
  Autumn 2015


Richard Bourne (G 60-65) writes:

“Just a note to let you know I am still in the land of the living. I have been following the sad tale of the school’s troubles, so poignant in this year of the centenary of the Great War, which I have been studying recently.

I am a retired ‘country gent’ in Oban, where one or two other sea-connected Old Boys have washed up: the late Dave Tighe and Robin Turner, both of Grindal and both divers like myself (me in a non-professional capacity, unlike the other two). During my working life I was twice a union representative, first with Foden Motors and then with Macclesfield Borough Council. In Scotland, to where we moved in 1990, I worked maintaining a fleet of yachts before employment on fish and shellfish farms, ending up as Britain’s only full-time duck-scarer on a mussel farm! I have to say though that work has never been my main interest and I have always had a string of hobbies: sailing, diving, gliding, Scouting, and now riding as a volunteer with the local Riding for the Disabled group.

I have enjoyed good health throughout my life, thanks probably to restricted diet and constant exercise while at school! I was married for twenty-seven years before divorcing and have two grown up children and now two young grandchildren. I live now with my Dutch partner.

I never thought I had much of interest to report but it is funny how one’s views change as one gets older.”



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