The OCA Annual Dinner held on Friday 16th November at Simpsons in the Strand, London, was another roaring success. Despite numbers being down on the previous 2 years (which were sold out), over 60 OC’s attended, with Guests of Honour – David Swinburne and Paul Boullier along with the new Head, John Weeds, accompanied by Sam Deering and Emily Jelly, the current Head Boy and Girl, as the newest and very welcome guests. Our guest speaker, Mrs Claire Emerton (nee Crutchley, Blubery 1992 and Fashion Guru), entertained us with tales from her school experiences and educated us into the world of fashion “fauxpas”, upon which most of the audience started to squirm! A highly entertaining and humorous speech and our thanks go to Claire for her time and energy on the night.
Big groups of OC’s from the 1960’s and 1990-93 eras filled the room and as the evening drew to a close, the volume of banter (and bar orders) grew, as fond memories of times and more importantly friends, were recounted.
Next year’s OCA dinner will be on Friday 22nd November 2013, at Simpsons-in-the-Strand. Please check the OCA website for more details in due course.