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All but one of the pictures on this page were taken at the highly successful
Dryburgh reunion, September 2003. (Many more to follow on successive pages).


(source : James Murphy)

James Murphy, his sister and two brothers — 1941
James is wearing the standard St Columba's unform of that time.
I include this here because Jim brought the photo along to the reunion — and several others
which you may have already seen on previous pages of this Gallery.

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(source : Paul West)

Dryburgh reunion, September 2003
Mrs Christine Hughes
, who kept going throughout the whole of the weekend while allaround her the 'youngsters' were flagging (or talking 'til three in the morning).

Last year, Chris Benton wrote the following about her, which still applies :

"We had the pleasure of Mrs Hughes' company, throughout, whose husband and his father did so much building work on the college. She is still a very sprightly 95 year old teenager full of memories."

The weekend flew past and there was just not enough time to sit quietly with Mrs Hughes and
listen to her (very interesting) personal recollections. She is as bright as a button and I only hope that
someone who lives nearby will spend some time with her and tape-record these memories
for us all to hear. Any volunteers ?

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(source : Paul West)

Dryburgh reunion, September 2003
Chris Benton (left), Bernard Melling and Danny O'Hagan.

Chris worked hard with Eugene to arrange the weekend.
Bernard spent hours getting a video together of a previous renion for us to watch
and Danny kindly made his second trek down from the frozen north (Thurso) to attend his second reunion in 7 days.
It was this sort of effort that made it such an enjoyable weekend, of course.

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(source : Paul West)

Dryburgh reunion, September 2003
Tommy Kelly (left) and Danny O'Hagan.
Hard to believe that the lads in the lower forms were quite scared of Tommy when he blew a fuse.

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(source : Paul West)

Dryburgh reunion, September 2003
Mike Byrne,
standing in the exact spot when he experienced a last-minute panic attack as the family car drove off, all those years ago. Mike is now fully recovered and recently retired as the headteacherof a large Primary School near Reading, Berks.

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(source : Paul West)

Dryburgh reunion, September 2003
Mick Creechan (left) and Robbie Dempsey.

Robbie 'flew over from Dublin' — which makes it sound quite easy ! Easier than the trip that the Irish lads such a Nick Kendellen would have made all those years ago, of course, BUT it's still a long way from Liverpool to St Boswells.

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(source : Paul West)

Dryburgh reunion, September 2003
Yes, trying to remember the layout of the old St Columba's chapel was very confusing.

At the back is Fr Chris Wallbank and Jim Murphy is directly in front of him. Eugene (blue pullover) is partially hiding John Strain (red jacket). Chris Benton is near the door and his wife, Josie (in red) is on the right, by the side of Mrs Christine Hughes. I can't identify the two ladies at the left need, though.

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(source : Paul West)

Dryburgh reunion, September 2003
Bernie Ahearn.
During the weekend I spent some enjoyable hours in Bernie's company and regret that I left with only this picture of him in more serious mood.

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