FORMER King’s Ely pupils and teachers were reunited at the House of Commons in Westminster on Friday (26) evening for the annual Old Eleans’ Club Spring Cocktail Party.
The sell-out event, which was sponsored by Sir James Paice MP – who recently joined to the Board of Governors at King’s Ely – gave guests the opportunity to catch up with old friends and share memories of the school.
Old Elean Dr Peter Freeman and his wife flew all the way from New Zealand for the occasion, which was in such high demand that many Old Eleans were unable to get tickets and chose to meet in London later that evening. Hubert Ward, who was Headmaster from 1970 until the early 1990s was also present, as were current Head Sue Freestone; Deputy Head (Marketing and Communications), Felicity Blake; Deputy Head designate, Liz Knibb; the newly appointed Director of Development, Suzie Bromwich; Roy Wood, Vice President of the Old Eleans’ Club, and Head Receptionist and Honorary Secretary of the Old Eleans’ Club, Rosie Holliday.
As one of the oldest schools in the world, King’s Ely has seen thousands of pupils pass through its doors, including King Edward the Confessor, Lord Browne of Madingley, shoe designer Rupert Sanderson, BBC director Alan Yentob and Olympic athlete Goldie Sayers.
“The Old Eleans are tremendously loyal to the school and they have actively supported all of our recent initiatives,” commented Sue Freestone.
“The House of Commons is a wonderful venue and we are very grateful to Sir James for hosting our annual London get-together.”