As the culmination of an alumni weekend held at the School, a dinner
dance attended by parents, staff and Old Ellesmerians was held. The
guest of honour and after dinner speaker was Sir Ranulph Fiennes, a
current parent at the College and considered to be the world’s greatest
Nick Pettingale, Director of Development, who hosted the event
explained ’Sir Ranulph had no mobile phone signal and turned up at the
wrong entrance only to find it locked. However, being the type of man
that he is, having climbed Everest three times and run seven marathons
on seven continents in seven consecutive days, he simply climbed the
main gates and found his way to the dinner, much to his and our
‘He spoke of his life packed with adventure and many remarkable
achievements, the audience were captivated and amused and sometimes
slightly horrified as Sir Ranulph showed in graphic detail the physical
price he has paid to be the ‘first’ in some of the earth’s most
dangerous and hostile environments.’
Afterwards Sir Ranulph signed and personalised copies of his book and chatted to guests at the end of the evening.
Old Ellesmerians had travelled from as far away as Japan, the South
of France and the States to be part of the weekend. One such guest was
Richard Godwin, who works in the private space industry for the Dragon X
project, seen here with Sir Ranulph and the Headmaster, Brendan
Wignall; both Richard and Sir Ranulph provoked the audience to pick up
the pioneering baton and press to be ‘first’ wherever we could.
The evening was also part of an ongoing series of talks and
lectures at the College which last month included Matthew Syed, The
Times’ award winning sports journalist.
Pictured: Richard Godwin, OE, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the Headmaster, Brendan Wignall.
20th September 2012 Back to News