Beautiful sunshine welcomed over 250 OGs and their guests back to Giggleswick on Saturday 30 June for the annual Old Giggleswickian Day. It was wonderful to see so many old friends catching up on life after Giggleswick and enjoying memories of their time at school, and a delight to see so many new faces, with some making their first visit back to school after 50 years.
After a memorable and moving Chapel service for our former and current pupils, OGs were provided with tours of the school by our Lower Sixth followed by a delicious lunch in the dining hall. In his speech, the Headmaster thanked Anthony Briggs, this year’s OG Club President, for his endless commitment and support for the school and Anthony passed on the chain of office to Richard Warburton who was appointed as the new OG Club President.
The afternoon was full of family activities including School XI v OG XI cricket, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, bouncy castles and face painting, all finished by a delicious afternoon tea on Top Pitch. The cricket was an exciting and eventually close game, settled in the final over when Year 10 player Owen West took a wicket on the last ball of the game, to give the school victory by six runs after 25 overs.
Another highlight of the day was a dramatic Tug of War between a school select side and an Old Giggleswickian all-comers side. An enthusiastic crowd gathered to watch the spectacle on Top Pitch during the cricket match tea break. The competition was fierce and the contest was close, but the sheer willpower (and weight) of the Old Giggleswickian team won the day and they were extremely proud to take the title of inaugural victors. This will now become a regular fixture at future OG Days, bringing back all the emotive memories of the annual Inter-House Tug of War competitions our OGs took part in during their time at school.
Thank you to everyone attending, it was a pleasure to see you back at Giggleswick.