70th Birthday reunion ‘a night to remember’

Friday September 6, 2019

Last Saturday saw over 230 guests arrive at the college for Concord’s eagerly anticipated 70th birthday – a celebration of Concord’s founding in 1949 following World War 2. The event comprised members of the alumni network, past and current staff, parents, trustees and the wider Concord community and brought Concordians from all around the world together. The evening provided celebrations as well as a fundraising auction for the Anthony Morris Foundation, with the aim of enabling young people to attend Concord whose families might not otherwise be able to afford the fees. An incredible £15,500 was raised via auction bids on a variety of exciting and interesting prizes and kind donations too, which are still being generously received. The night included a 3-course meal and buffet – kindly provided by Concord’s catering team, in addition to speeches given by former Principal, Mr Tony Morris, current Principal, Mr Neil Hawkins and several notable alumni. The decorated marquee which hosted the evening included a photo booth, dance floor, karaoke area, and there was a commemorative fireworks display outside of the sports hall, overlooking the school fields. Alumni were able to indulge in other activities over the course of the weekend too, including guided tours of the college and lunch, a historic tour of Shrewsbury and a visit to a local vineyard. A number of alumni have since described the celebrations as ‘a night to remember’, ‘nostalgic’, ‘a lovely experience’ and that it ‘brought back wonderful memories’. Principal Neil Hawkins said: “The 70th birthday was an opportunity to celebrate as the Concord family. “It gave us a chance to see old friends, make new ones and to give respect to the institution that binds us together around the world and across the generations.” “It was a tribute to all who have contributed along the way – Concord’s journey has been a very special one.” Click here to view the 70th Reunion photo gallery.