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Class of 1967 return for special reunion event

Class of 1967 return for special reunion event

A group of former Rydal Penrhos pupils came together once again for a special reunion event.

The class of 1967 took part in a two-day social occasion on June 8 and 9, which saw them reminisce about their time at the school and pay tribute to a much-loved former pupil.

Mike Trinder attended Rydal School from 1963-67 and had a massive influence during his time as a pupil, securing a Prefect position and also representing the school’s senior rugby and cricket sides.

The memorial bench, which was visited by the alumni in attendance, is located at Rydal Penrhos’ picturesque New Field site.

Among those that were also present throughout the weekend was Chair of Governors Julian Barnes, Governor Anne Watson and husband Guy, in addition to Executive Principal John Waszek.

Another notable attendee was Duncan Kenworthy OBE, one of the most famous faces to emerge from the school.

He is a leading film producer and BAFTA Award winner, and he has a room named in his honour at the Sixth Form Ferguson Centre after contributing a large sum to the pupil-led fundraising campaign to renovate the facility.

Mr Kenworthy also got the opportunity to see the room for the very first time.

The reunion came a decade after the first such event involving this particular group of departed pupils, who still hold close relationships and hold the school in very high regard.

The reunion consisted of a special meal at the Imperial Hotel in Llandudno, before taking a tour of Rydal Penrhos.

Lunch consisted of a barbecue on New Field.

Mr Barnes, said: “Ten years after our first reunion, we repeated the fun as we are all 70 this year. 

“In many ways, such close friends do not really change. Plenty of reminiscing, plenty of laughter and a few serious speeches. We decided we would repeat in five years’ time.

“Many of us are also signing up to the Donald Hughes Memorial Fund. He was our Headmaster when we were at school but sadly died in the year we finished - 1967. We all owe him and the school a great deal."

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