Excellent turnout for Penzance Grammar School reunion
AN EXCELLENT turn out of old boys and staff of Penzance/Humphry Davy Grammar School enjoyed the annual reunion at the Queens Hotel.
Once again, in spite of a hip replacement earlier in the year, the oldest old boy present was Dr Arnold ‘Derry’ Derrington, who entered the school in 1933; he was accompanied by his son David.
There were a few new faces as well, including brothers Kevan and Michael Summerlee who were at the school in the mid-1960s and were visiting from New Zealand, Pes Nicholls from 1944, Robin Hall 1958 and Charles Upton 1948.
There were also three former members of staff – Bill Burnett, Malcolm Rudlin and Bob Coneybeare.
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Some of the earliest photos of pupils and staff from the spring of 1911 and 1912, which had been found by Chris Semmens in his attic, were displayed along with photographs showing the work carried out to refurbish the School War Memorial.
The photographs will be displayed again later in the year as many of the staff and pupils in the photographs were also recorded on the roll of honour on the memorial.
The association secretary, Andrew Coak, thanked all those old boys for attending especially those who had provided prizes for the raffle, held during the evening and realising £205.90.
He also announced that there would be a ceremony to rededicate the school war memorial later in 2014 to coincide with the centenary celebrations for the First World War.
It was hoped that details of this event would be announced in The Cornishman nearer the date.
Stuart Guppy once again ably accompanied the traditional hearty rendering of the school song.
If any one wants to become a life member, contact Mr Coak on 01736 787504 or e-mail email@example.com