The first-ever Bury Grammar School Old Girls’ and Old Boys’ combined social event took place in the Sterling Bar on the ground floor of the iconic Gherkin Tower in London on Tuesday 10 October.
Coincidentally the location is round the corner from Bury Street! Nearly 80 Old Girls and Boys who left the School in the 1960s to the most recent school leavers from 2016 attended the event, which was organised by Brenda Parmiter, Secretary of the BGS Old Girls’ Association London Branch. Principal Jo Anderson and Headmaster Devin Cassidy were present and they very much enjoyed meeting the Alumni.
Bury born Old Boy Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP and Minister of State for Middle East Affairs, who was appointed Head Boy in 1973, also attended the event. Old Boy John Fowler brought in pictures of the various sporting teams that he played in and all guests had fun trying to recognise faces from over 50 years ago! John commented, “Thank you to Brenda and the organisers for last night’s pleasant and charming event. I suspect I was the oldest boy there…. but that mattered little. Here’s to the next joint shindig. ”
All guests enjoyed the camaraderie and shared their BGS memories. It was also an opportunity for the young alumni to network with the senior members and discuss career interests and gain professional advice.
Andrew Salisbury (BGS 1970) said, “I certainly enjoyed the event. It was good to see that it was well attended across many generations of BGS Old Boys and Old Girls. Thank you and well done to Brenda and her Committee for organising this event.”
Principal Jo Anderson commented, “Mr Cassidy, Headmaster and I were proud to attend to represent the School and hear fond memories and reminiscences from former pupils who thoroughly enjoyed their time at BGS.”