Heath Old Boys Association


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2003 Annual Dinner —

Paul Opačić with guest speaker Jon Hamer
Line-up: former Heath old boy and actor,
Paul Opačić, with guest speaker Jon Hamer,
former Bradford Bulls player.
[Picture: Alan Barton]

Old boys dined in style at an annual party for old acquaintances and friends.

The Heath Old Boys Association held its annual dinner at Heath Rugby Union Football Club, West Vale, Halifax to relive the past and celebrate the present.

It was a fantastic night attended by some fifty-five old boys. The speakers were the head of Crossley Heath school Miss Helen Gaunt, HOBA chairman Rob Stollery and the main speaker Heath Old Boy, ex-Bradford Northern and Bradford Bulls star prop forward, Jon Hamer. There was a four course meal and wonderful hospitality from the rugby club.

The night raised a total of £200 for the old boys who use their events to maintain their social circle and actively support worthwhile causes such as Crossley Heath School and The West Yorkshire Air Ambulance, along with many more.

Secretary of the association, Russell Smith, 68, who lives in Hipperholme and attended Heath Grammar School from 1946 until 1953, said the evening was a great success.

It is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old school friends.

Heath Grammar School was a highly successful academic institution with a good reputation for rugby.

My time there has left me with many fond memories and good friends.

Fifty five old boys, including Bad Girls actor Paul Opačić, dined on roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and chose from a selection of sweets, cheese and biscuits.

The school, founded in 1597, in Free School Lane, Halifax, merged with the former Crossley and Porter School in 1985 to become The Crossley Heath School, Savile Park, Halifax.

The association does all it can to help and support Crossley Heath School and a number of old boys are on the board of governors.

Our gift to them is 400 years of history and tradition.

First appeared in the Newsletter dated

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2003 Annual dinner