2008, OWA President’s Dinner
This year’s splendid dinner, held on 5 July 2008 in St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry, was attended by over 80 OWA members and guests.
The evening started with a private tour of Coventry Cathedral, to the accompaniment of music played by David Palmer (WS 1939-1944) on the cathedral organ. This was followed by a Pimms reception in the vaults of the Guildhall.
The dinner began with a minute’s silence for Private Joe Whittaker (WS 1999-2005). Joe, a Territorial Army reservist with 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was killed on 24 June while serving in Afghanistan.
Geoff Thorpe acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, introducing the Head Master, OWA President David Stevens and guest speaker, Sir John Egan. A special presentation of a picture of The Portcullis Club was made to Peter Bailey for a lifetime of service to the OWA. OWA Chairman Nigel Robinson congratulated David Stevens and Geoff Thorpe on organizing a thoroughly enjoyable evening.