3rd Reunion – Hilton Birmingham 2011



At this years reunion,  once again at the Hilton Hotel Birmingham the tension surrounding the ten pin bowling match increased when Mike Stephens produced a trophy for the winning team.  There was also speculation as to how much could  be  made from our complementary chips in the casino. Attendees at this years reunion were:- Dave Davis, Barry Branigan, Des Wilson, Dave Beaumont, Trevor Harvey, Brian Oglivie, Alan Gray, Tom Paterson, Rob Izatt, Mike Stephens, Gil Ridley, Mike Dewes, Ian Wilson, Keith Fraser, John Evans, Jim McComisky, Alistair McCrindle, Bill Masterton, Bob Cuss, and Con Martin.

As Saturday evening was taken up with a buffet at a club recommended by Con Martin it was decided to hit the casino in Star City on Friday night.   The same offer was on as last year so the topic of conversation during the meal was who was going to try and emulate last years win.   The complementary chips were shared out and this time it was Bob Cuss who came up trumps with the lucky  number, believe it or not, 49 and we all trooped off back to hotel to celebrate with a £175 beer kitty. 

When the Ten Pin Bowling Challenge Cup match got underway it looked as if Bob Cusss team were going to get their revenge for last years defeat as they stormed into an early lead.  This unfortunately turned out to be a false horizon as Tom Paterson and Des Wilson wrecked their hopes with some superb bowling.  Once again Alistair McCrindles team took the spoils winning both games.   Des Wilson topped the points scoring with 291 and the top strikers were Dave Beaumont, Mike Stephens, Bob Cuss and Des Wilson all with 4 strikes a piece. 

Dave Beaumont the 49th Entry Reunion secretary called a quick meeting to discuss the location for our 50th Anniversary celebration in 2013 and the  unanimous vote was for Hereford.  It was also agreed that we would return to the Hilton again next year.  During the  meeting Gil Ridley very generously offered to set up a 49th entry website and   Dave Beaumont and Mike Stephens volunteered to help in anyway they could, it is hoped the site  would be up and running by July.   Ian Wilson then produced a sample  bottle of beer for everyone from his  latest business venture.   Everyone wished him every success and hoped he would do the same again next year !!!

Dave Davis became our furthest traveller, flying in from Germany, unfortunately Nigel Swifts work commitments prevented him making it from Italy, but it is hoped we will see him  at next years reunion and the 50th anniversary in Hereford.

Reunion Organiser

Mike Stephens