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Lunch for Old Ferocians from the Paddymac Years

Old Ferocians from the Paddymac years gathered together on Saturday 21 May for drinks and lunch
Old Ferocians who were at the School from 1943-1961
Old Ferocians who were at the School from 1943-1961

On a beautiful sunny Saturday in May, the School welcomed Old Ferocians from 1943 to 1961, and their partners, back for lunch.

The idea was conceived by the late Martin Colvill (FH 54-58), Chris Cotton (FH 55-59), Michael Somers (FH 56-61), James Stewart (FH 56-61), the group naming themselves the 'Ancient Ferocians'. All were under the care of the great Ferox Housemaster, James McNeill (Paddymac), during their time at Tonbridge, and wanted to gather once again at Ferox to reconnect and remember good times past. 

The event was well attended, and some had travelled far to join us; Michael Gristwood from Johannesburg, Desmond McNeill from Oslo, Dominque Legrand and William Winter from France. We also had the great pleasure of welcoming back all three of the McNeill children, Anna Corbett, Patrick McNeill and Desmond McNeill, as well as Cmdr David Salmon (FH 43-47) and his granddaughter Natalie. James and Helen Priory, the Headmaster and his wife, were guests at the event. 

In honour of Martin Colvill's memory, Martin's wife, Linda, generously offered to fund the entire cost of the Reunion, and all were delighted to be able to thank Linda personally for this magnificent gesture when she attended the lunch. 

The event began with drinks under the ancient cedar tree in the Ferox Hall garden and was followed by lunch in Big School. OFs were then invited to watch the Tonbridge 1st XI v Eastbourne 1st XI on The Head. Tonbridge were captained by Sam Hadfield, current Head of Ferox Hall, who led Tonbridge to victory by 5 wickets.

Please enjoy the photos of the event below (you need to be logged into Tonbridge Connect to view albums): 


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