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ANNUAL DINNER 2018

 

The AGM for the Association was held in the library of the Athenaeum in Liverpool on Friday 19th October 2018. As we had lost the services of Joe Lucas who had sadly died during the year the principal item on the agenda was to appoint a new Chairman in his place. Following consideration of Council members former head boy David Winsland was elected to replace Joe. Joe had served us well as a Council member for many years and as our Chairman until the time of his death. Whilst thanking Joe we welcome David and offer our best wishes in his new role.

At the conclusion of the AGM, dinner was served and 63 old boys attended and enjoyed the four course menu. The names of those who joined us this year are listed at the end of this report. As in recent years we were delighted to welcome the Principal of Liverpool College, Hans Broekman.

Our speaker this year was Steve Darby who has recently returned to the UK from Asia where he has been involved in the management of major football clubs. Steve had a distinguished career as a goalkeeper whilst at School and has travelled overseas, after being involved with a number of soccer clubs in the U.K. He is a keen supporter of COBA and passionate of his days at School. He has shared some interesting material from School which has been published on our Facebook pages.

This was a very detailed and interesting address which emphasised his pride and respect for the School. Our MC, Lionel Ross, warmly thanked Steve which was endorsed by us all. A video of the speech has been prepared. This can be viewed by clicking on VIDEO

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After Steve's speech, previous speaker and old boy, Doug Eaton, then took his place on the keyboard to lead us into singing the School Song. We are grateful to Doug who had travelled from his home in West Sussex to be with us on the evening. This was followed by reciting the School Chant with much gusto.

Finally all present announced their names and years at School. One member, Richard Thwaite, took the opportunity to don his School cap whilst on his feet to identify himself which brought a round of applause from fellow diners.

Yet another enjoyable and entertaining evening. We are grateful to our speaker, Steve, who expressed his honour at being invited to address us and also to Li Ross who compared the proceedings with his usual expertise and eloquence.

Our next dinner is scheduled for Friday 25th October 2019 so make a note in your diaries now. It is natural that our numbers decline, bearing in mind the School closed in 1985, but we are grateful to note that 63 were in attendance. We hope you will join us next year.

We do have a list of potential speakers for the future but if you would like to volunteer yourself please feel free to put your name forward.

Derek Corlett


Pre-Dinner Activities

For those amongst you, who thought that our Stalwart COBA Members just attended the Dinner for enjoyment, here is proof that some exceedingly meaningful discussions took place, in advance of the evening's main function.

 


After the above arduous task was completed, we then moved on to the Dining Room :-

TABLES

Here is a list of those attending the 2018 Dinner

WHO IS HERE FROM YOUR YEARS?


TABLE

NAME

YEARS
 
TABLE
NAME
YEARS
 
TABLE
NAME
YEARS

1

Hans
Broekman
Guest
 
3

Gordon

Howard

 
5
Keith
Davies
1968-75
1
Steve
Darby
Guest
 
3
Bob
Wilson
1952-57
 
5
Bill
Gall
1968-75
1
Arthur
Evans
1966-73
 
3
Harold
Walmsley
1944-49
 
5
Gary
McIntosh
1971-78
1
Lionel
Ross
1941-46
 
3
John
Stevens
1959-63
 
5
Donald
Woan
1971-78
1
Richard
Thwaite
1953-61
 
3
Derek
Tasker
1944-54
 
5
Paul
McIntosh
1975-82
1
David
Williams
1968-75
 
3
Gerry
Mulcahey
1951-55
 
 
3
Norman
Morrisey
1944-49
 
6
John
Hogg
1976-81
2
Martin
Voller
1959-62
 
3
Bert
McMaster
1952-57
 
6
George
Hughes
1963-68
2
Bill
Thomas
1954-60
 
3
Tom
Lacey
1951-56
 
6
David
Hughes
1965-70
2
Barry
Smith
1955-62
 
3
Tom
Greenway
1972-79
 
6
Ian
Johnson
1976-83
2
Edward
Murphy
1955-61
 
 
6
Georg
Perkins
1976-83
2
John
Morris
1955-61
 
4
Ian
Alexander
1971-76
 
6
Neil
Quirk
1976-81
2
Alan
Markham
1958-63
 
4
David
Barnes
1959-62
 
6
Peter
Robinson
1965-72
2
Norman
Kennett
1957-62
 
4
Steve
Brown
1962-72
 
6
Les
Roche
1976-83
2
David
Barraclough
1955-61
 
4
Philip
Brown
1969-74
 
6
Andrew
Rooke
1976-83
2
Doug
Eaton
1955-61
 
4
John
Stephens
1959-64
 
6
Paul
Shacklady
1976-83
2
Ian
Hulme
1955-57
 
4
George
Griffiths
1966-73
 
2
George
Hutchins
1955-62
 
4
Chris
Hartley
1960-64
 
7
David
Berry
1952-59
2
Harry
Johnson
1946-51
 
4
Peter
Price
1955-60
 
7
Roy
Clinton
1953-58
2
Evan
Jones
1955-62
 
 
7
Derek
Corlett
1955-60

2

Pete
Galvin
1941-50
 
5
Lennie
Bragg
1972-77
 
Tony
Ravera
1968-75
 
5
Jeff
Brown
1971-76
 
7
Mike
Richard
1950-55
3

Charles

Crebbin

 
5
Paul
Davies
1969-75
 
7
Eddie
Wainwrigh
1965-71