Forty-nine intrepid travellers braved it to get to Liverpool for the 2023 reunion (yes, again this year there were train strikes over the weekend). We ranged from year group 1954 to 1980. Quite a few arrived on Friday afternoon to avoid the possible disruption on Saturday.
On Saturday morning after the usual whoops of joy meeting old friends again, we were welcomed by our President Barbara Graham. We had all been given a sticker by Linda Bond and the “intelligent ones” (!) had worked out the significance so when asked to get into our groups of three it soon all fell into place. [Gold, frankincense, and myrrh for instance.] The trios were tasked with sharing their experience of travelling to Liverpool today and comparing it to the journey to college when they started at IMM. We had everything from steam trains to running up the road (yes, literally!). The trios then became a sextet when we merged with the nearest group. The next task was to “remember any school trip/holiday you either went on or organised as a member of staff when teaching” and to relate to the group an incident which took place. These could be funny, difficult, or otherwise and we had to say how they were dealt with. All were recorded on the inevitable flipcharts. There was awe, wonder but mostly side-splitting hilarity. Of course, most of our experiences were pre-H & S and risk assessment days – thank goodness……. And on that note, it was time for a coffee break. Many said this was one of the best sessions ever.
We then enjoyed a presentation from Dianne Murphy the Women’s Football Association Player Education Officer (a former IMM student ‘83 – ‘87). Amongst other things we heard of Dianne’s role, the progress of women’s football in England, and the pathway to becoming a Lioness. However, we were not very knowledgeable about women’s football at the start of the session as the WFA Quiz showed – best not to reveal the scores. Thank you, Dianne, for a most interesting, entertaining, and informative presentation. A buffet lunch ensued before we gathered for the AGM. As ever, President Barbara (ably supported by Mo Saleh!) led us through an efficient AGM including an update from Prof Sheila Wigmore on plans for the upgrade and use of the IMM Campus at Barkhill which seem very positive.
Later in the evening about 30 of us gathered for the silver service dinner which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and the evening closed with a rousing sing-along thanks to the “ ’68 songsters”. The chatting and reminiscing continued into the bar for a little longer.
Thanks once again to all the APS Committee for their hard work throughout the year and for organising such a great weekend.
We hope to see more of you next year on Saturday 5th October 2024 in Liverpool. Put the date in your diary now!
Sue Bullerwell and Cherry Protheroe (1968)
You can view photos of the reunion by looking under the ‘Galleries’ tab.