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Former England ace at reunion

Former England cricketer Darren Maddy was among the 500 former classmates, teachers and parents to attend a reunion day at Solihull School.

Dave Warren Solihull School's recent reunion day attendees included Janet Leek, Ronald Leek (1947-1952), Freddie Collins, Roger Langstone (1942-1951) and Derek V Williams (1943-1948).
Solihull School's recent reunion day attendees included Janet Leek, Ronald Leek (1947-1952), Freddie Collins, Roger Langstone (1942-1951) and Derek V Williams (1943-1948).

Former England cricketer Darren Maddy was among the 500 former classmates, teachers and parents to attend a reunion day at Solihull School.

Pupils from as far back as the 1930s took part in a variety of tours, workshops and sport matches at the Warwick Road campus, which was founded in 1560.

Some guests attended lessons in figure drawing, language learning and jewellery making. Other subject options included exploring the nature of memory and happiness in a Psychology class and testing common sense in a Physics roadshow.

The outdoor activities included rugby, netball and hockey matches between past and current pupils, with presentations made to the winning teams by former England rugby coach and past pupil Martin Green. Former England cricketer Darren Maddy, now Master in charge of Cricket, also gave a batting master class.

Elsewhere, visitors could watch final rehearsals for the School’s production of Spamalot in the Bushell Hall and listen to the memories of Denis Tomlin, a former teacher who became Second Master, Headmaster and Governor in an association of more than 50 years with Solihull School, in the new Archive Room named after him.

The school’s management team, Old Silhillians’ Association Committee and current teachers and sixth formers were on hand to guide guests around the school’s facilities, including the David Turnbull Music School, George Hill Building and the Alan Lee Pavilion.

Celebrations then continued into the evening at the Old Silhillians’ Clubhouse.

Alison Bond, director of development and alumni relations, who organised the event, said: “We were delighted that so many former pupils accepted our invitation to meet up with their old school friends and teachers, and re-establish and strengthen their links with the School. Guests went away saying that they had a wonderful time, and I hope we will see many again at future events.”

Peter Turner, a former pupil who left in 1960, added: “It was marvellous to meet up with so many old chums and former teachers.”

 

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