Wigan Grammar School
2009 Dinner


2009 Reunion

Story by: Roy Knowles

MEMORIES were thick on the ground when 160 former pupils of Wigan Grammar School got together at Wigan Cricket Club on February 21st for the 16th annual reunion dinner, organised by Roy Knowles and Tony Littler. The lads were welcomed by Roy Knowles, who gave a special greeting to Jack Winstanley, former editor of Wigan Observer, and who had been responsible for the first reunion dinner of modern times fifteen years ago after a break of several years. Old Boys who had died in the last twelve months were remembered before the Rev John Pennington said Grace. The gathering then enjoyed a five course dinner followed by the loyal toast proposed by Tony Littler. Malcolm Preston led the assembled in the school song which was the finest rendering for many years. Doctor Ted Atherton, with some humour, introduced the guest of honour Mr Ian Darrington MBE director of Jazz Performance for Wigan LCT. The focus of Ian’s speech was the last thirty plus years of working in Wigan and for the Borough Council. Whilst touching briefly on moving from Lancashire to Yorkshire, he concentrated on the fun and enjoyment that can be had in the music business, in particular the on-the-road stories from the many overseas tours of the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. Ian highlighted the considerable achievements of Wigan’s young people, with an overriding serious message that there was huge potential among the people of Wigan to engage in the arts, both as performers and audience members. A vote of thanks was proposed by Frank Layland J.P. The 2010 Dinner will be on February 20th at the same venue: the guest speaker will be His Honour Judge Anthony Hammond - if you are interested in attending please contact Tony Littler on 01942 244598 or Roy Knowles on 01942 238135.

Courtesy of Wigan Courier Newspaper and Wigan Oberserver Newspaper

John Pennington, Nigel Winnard, Rob Barker, Richard Warburton, Ken Carrington, Neville Edgar
Quin Kennedy, Dr Edward Atherton and Eric Jones

Colin Winstanley, Geoff Davis, Frank Malley, Tony Downs, Brian Shaw, John Crook, Harold Lea, Paul Singleton
Fred Foster, Cyril Gambles and Ken Downham

Frank Taylor, Ken Hilton, Gerry Finan, George Wilkinson, Eric Lloyd
Les Mercer, Frank Layland and Eric Proctor

Jim Blackburn, Jeff Nicholson, Gerald Hodgkiss, Clive Dickinson, Jim Latham
Derel Hesketh, Bill Foster and Tony Platt

David McAvoy, Trevor Smith, Des Seabrook, Cliff Barker, Clive Dickinson, John Walls, Paul Simpson
Geoff Benfold, Colin Benfold and David Norris

Keith Platt, Derek Horrocks, Tom Bretherton, John Rhodes, Maurice Houghton,
Gordon Rigby, Judge Tony Hammond, and Bill Seddon

Michael Cookson, Max Finney, Charles Storey, John Hargreaves, Harry Lloyd, Jim Preston
Roy Knowles, Ian Darrington (Guest Speaker), and Tony Littler

Steven Carter, Stephen Gaskell, Paul Fowler, Stephen Ashurst, Phil Yates
Jeff Robinson, Mick Brannon and Andrew Turner