Geographers reunion

A PARTY of geographers held a reunion along the Yorkshire coast recently, their seventh since going their separate ways in 1963.

Tee 23 former students at the London School of Economics-King’s College London joint school of geography travelled from Canada, New Zealand, Italy, France, Scotland, London and other parts of the UK to attend the old-fashioned field trip.

Organiser John Goodall said: “Field trips were a key component of our course and we continued that tradition with a full day’s coach excursion through the North York Moors National Park.

“Helped in no small way by wonderful weather over all four days, we enjoyed the Yorkshire coast at its best, with delightful scenery, fascinating history and friendly people wherever we went.

“Besides pointing out the sights of geographical interest, personal memories of trysts with our teenage sweethearts and such also came into the picture.

My Goodall’s father was posted to Dalehouse in WWII, and he added: “A personal highlight for me was for our coach party to be welcomed in Staithes by Anne Dawson and her husband John.

“Anne is the grandaughter of the lady with whom my father was billeted in Staithes during WWII.

“‘Auntie’ Bessie Leng from Dalehouse became a life-long family friend, especially during my father’s illness after the war and his death in 1955.”

The reunion was also organised by Beverly-born former student Duncan Bell, who added: “Ten of our group married each other and nine of them, six of whom are still together and one of whom has been widowed, will be at the reunion.

“I think this says something about the sort of congenial group we were and still are.

“We were really looking forward to renewing our fellowship and showing off the delights of Yorkshire’s Jurassic coast and the North York Moors to our fellow students, many of whom have never been to these parts.”