Rear Admiral Peter George Valentine Dingemans, CB, DSO, FIMgt was awarded the DSO during the Falklands campaign. Peter is quietly modest about his achievements, but is held in huge esteem by all who served alongside him. He has recently penned a book, 'My Incredible Journey' which will be published later this month.
An enthralling evening of sporting knowledge and prowess was possibly being held somewhere on Thursday 3rd March, but at the Brighton College Sports Quiz the name of the game was definitely fun and fundraising. Ian Braid kicked off the evening showcasing the fantastic work of SportsAid, joint recipient of the evening’s proceeds, who offer financial support to talented young sportsmen and women at the beginning of their careers. John Inverdale was magnificent as quizmaster, encouraging competitive spirit and berating those underhand or rather under-table tactics being employed by certain teams.
What an evening! Far and away the most successful and well attended London gathering we’ve had so far; several folk had come “out of the woodwork” for the first time in very many years!
I knew the evening was going to be a cracker as soon as I approached Duncan Watts’ (R. 1979-84) sensational new restaurant in Canary Wharf; the end of my quiet and uneventful journey was shattered by a booming yell of “BREMER!” – delivered from the shadows, as it turned out, by the itinerant James "Slug" Simpson (C. 1978-83). James had snuck outside to have a crafty cigarette – leaving a large, disparate and energetic crowd of OBs enjoying Duncan’s hospitality at the bar.
I arrived at my last annual dinner ‘in charge’ on an extremely cold evening thankful that, at least, we had no snow. After a short panic attack about missing table decorations, which turned up elsewhere in the school, I joined a packed Café de Paris for pre-dinner drinks before we repaired to a slightly chilly Dining Hall for dinner.
This year saw a slightly different format in that we played Old Reigatians rather than Old v Young Old Brightonians. The day started with Brighton College U15 A’s & B’s v Reigate Grammar on the Home Ground; this was followed by Old Brightonians v Old Reigatians before Brighton College Ist XV took the field at 2.30pm.
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