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On 17th January 2020, Old Fettesians gathered at the Northumberland Golf Club, for the Newcastle Old Fettesian Dinner, an event which first took place in 1953.

They were joined by Helen Harrison, Head of Fettes, who received a very warm welcome from this year’s Dinner President Nick Steenberg (Mo 1969-1973). Helen spoke after dinner of how honoured she was to be Head of Fettes. She shared some recent school highlights with the assembled company and spoke of her vision to deliver the best all round boarding education she could, whilst instilling in Fettesians an understanding of what a privilege it is to be part of this community. The President of the Old Fettesian Association, Amanda Forsyth (Ar 1982-1984), led a toast to Helen and spoke of how proud the OF community was that Helen was leading the school. Phil McAndrew (Ca 1969-1974) replied on behalf of the guests and summed up the mood of the room when he spoke of Helen’s obvious passion for Fettes.   

We were also delighted to be joined by John Rodgers (Mo 1974-1979), who, having reconnected with his old school chum, Ed McNaught (Mo 1974-1979), at Commem last October, promised to travel from his home in Dubai to attend the Newcastle Dinner with Ed. What a brilliant effort!

Sadly the date of this gathering clashed with University exams, so young OFs studying at nearby Universities were unable to join us. However, it was agreed that we should look at the timing of the Dinner next year to avoid this problem. Watch this space!