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It was a great pleasure assuming the Presidency of the OBA during our AGM and Annual Dinner on September 14th. I was at BGS 1980 to 1990.  Whilst tidying around my house recently, I came across a receipt for the £25 I paid to become a life member of OBA back in 1995. Now of course every pupil who goes through the school and indeed every teacher automatically become members of the OBA at no charge. A lot of things have changed over the years and this is most certainly a very positive development.

When I left in 1990, I never thought at all that 20 years on I would become active in the OBA, never mind becoming President of the Association. Whether it is a case of nostalgia creeping up on you as you get older or not, I am just not sure. The events side of things drew me in. Today the OBA has thousands of members all around the world and we welcome all passing through to come in and see the school as it is today. The facilities are outstanding and have changed so much since I left getting on 25 years ago.

Imagine then what it is like for people who attend OBA events at BGS, their first time back at school for decades - some for over 60 years!  I never get tired of the stories these people tell. Truly inspiring. 

I look forward to working with the OBA Committee to arrange a good number of events to be hosted both at BGS and elsewhere. The OBA is all about fellowship and bringing people back together and I am interested in hearing about any ideas you may have for gatherings. 

All the best from Bradford and I look forward to seeing many of you soon at upcoming events. Check out the website for the full calendar.

James Williams

President

The Old Bradfordians’ Association

 

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