The September 1957 Gang - 50 years on!
Names can be viewed by placing your cursor over a face or, in some cases, just part of the
2nd November 2007
Photo and names provided by Ken Georgeson
"I have not long returned from LIPA having spent an evening full (brimming over even)
of nostalgia and celebration in the company of some 38 old boys and 2 masters (Jack Sweeney and
Fred Bilson) who had gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of us entering the Innie as
newts. It started around 5pm with a few of us, around a dozen, enjoying a couple of pints in Ye
Cracke. Then having ventured into LIPA around 7pm we, the gathered throng who first entered the
Innie on 10th September 1957, rejoiced at meeting old friends whom most of us had not set eyes
on for almost 45 years. After a meet and greet in the LIPA bar, where handshakes and fond
hellos were the order of the day (despite the passing years many were instantly recognisable
but for a few the named lapel badges were of assistance), we proceeded into the Hall. There,
after a short introduction by Mark Featherstone-Witty, the Chief Executive of LIPA, we were
treated to a showing of the black and white film made by Paul McCartney in the late 80s when he
walked and talked his way around his old school in its then decaying state (it having closed in
1984). I think that will be a must have for many of us now (eBay?). We were then shown a a
couple of LIPA promotional films recounting the founding of LIPA and its ensuing success. A
couple of well wisher messages were read out from a couple of head boys of our time ~ Messrs
Peter Sissons and Steven Norris ~ before we proceeded to the Main Entrance area to enable a few
photos to be taken as a permanent record of our night. We then returned to the bar, to sample
the buffet and wine laid out for us, and continue to catch up as best we could on forty or more
years of lost contact. A number of the gathering went on guided tours of the building, they not
having set foot in the place since the early 1960s.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, said what a fantastic night it was. We must do it again said
many ~ when, in 2057 perhaps? Sooner hopefully. There are probably a few stragglers who, as I
write, are now out sampling the nightlife of scouseland but I am off to bed but carrying with
me the memory of a fabulous night.
My sincere thanks go out to each and everyone who took the time out to travel and attend
our 57.3 reunion. If you weren't there then you missed a great night."