Past pupils salute town

From the left pictured at 'The Briggensian Annual Dinner' are John Taylor (Secretary) Linda Hewlett-Parker Head Teacher at Sir John Nelthorpe School and Briggensian Lt. Commander Mark Leaning Falklands Veteran and Guest Speaker
From the left pictured at 'The Briggensian Annual Dinner' are John Taylor (Secretary) Linda Hewlett-Parker Head Teacher at Sir John Nelthorpe School and Briggensian Lt. Commander Mark Leaning Falklands Veteran and Guest Speaker

BRIGGENSIANS from all over the country gathered at Elsham Golf Club restaurant to enjoy the annual

gathering of past pupils from Brigg Girls High School, Brigg Boys

Grammar School, Sir John Nelthorpe Technology College and Brigg Sixth Form College.

There were in total 90 past students gathered to share fond memories and reminisce about their school days, swap stories of various antics, especially those who had been boarders, and recall characters from the teaching staff.

Speaker, Commander Mark Leaning, gave a fascinating insight into his service career.

This included his time after leaving Sir John Nelthorpe School in 1977 at the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and as a commissioned officer in the rank of Midshipman.

He saw action in the Falkland Islands in 1982, appropriately 30 years ago this month. As a young officer he took the Falklands in his stride and only afterwards did he appreciate the significance of his part in the action.

He was later promoted to Lieutenant Commander and qualified as a helicopter flying instructor.

When Mark spoke to the Briggensians he had just served his last days in uniform and was to retire but not put his feet up, as he plans a very active life using his degree in psychology or his graduate diploma in law or as a provider to three horses.

He is an active participant in dressage competition with a little bit of show jumping thrown in to keep things interesting.

Pictured are John Taylor Linda Hewlett-Parker and Lt. Commander Mark Leaning.