The Annual Tower Reunion
The Annual Tower Reunion took place at the Old Bank,
in St Giles Square, Northampton, on the 7th November.
reunion got off to a slow start this time. On arrival we found
that the equipment for the bar in the function room had failed, and
so the drinks had to be fetched from downstairs. One or the
two of the usual suspects arrived either dead on opening time or
before, but then the usual rush of people just after 12:30 was only
a trickle. However, David Baker, one of the favourite teachers
from the 60's era arrived right at the start, as he has done for the
last few years. He stayed throughout the event, and moved
around talking to lots of different people. Many always
remember David for his work in the various major productions that
were staged and got to know him well through these events.
People then began to arrive in earnest, and by 2pm, the place was
busy and the noise levels high. As always, we had some people
who had come for the first time and it was very good to see them.
However, overall there were fewer people this year, and there were
more "no-shows" from those who had booked in, which is always a pity
if others have come along especially hoping to see someone on the
list. In the end there were 67 people who signed in, and
probably a few more who forgot to tick there name off.
List of people who came to the reunion
During the short address at 2pm, which welcomed everyone who had
come along, Ian Dow announced that having now organised 7 reunions,
he was stepping down to let someone else have a go.
David Baker - photo from Bob Ashby
I will continue to run the website as before, and will happily
put together all of the details on to this website for future
reunions, and handle the bookings that come through it. But, it is
time for a change. We need a change of venue, and not living
in Northampton makes it more difficult for me to find suitable
locations, but also after 7 reunions, it is time for some fresh
ideas. I have enjoyed running these reunions and look forward
to coming along in the future to the next reunion.
Rest assured that I have already paid the invoice for the
next year's website hosting and will continue to run the website as
before. A number of people are looking into options for
organising the next reunion, and may
volunteer to take over the challenge. However, if you were not
at this reunion, and would like to offer to run next year's event, then
please contact me. Everyone at the event was keen to see the
annual get-togethers continue, so we need someone to organise the
event. Please e-mail me [e-mail]
During the remainder of the day people caught up with what had
happened in the last 12 months, and some had brought along some old
memories. There was also much discussion on how the reunion
could be organised next year.
A number of people took it upon themselves to make an extra
contribution into the entry money box, to help with the costs of
running the website. This year there was quite a lot more
money in the box than people at the event. Thank you very much
for that, and it will help to pay towards the running of this
If you know of any other reunions that
are planned to take place, then please send me the details and I
will add them here. [e-mail]