05.12.16 - Original ‘Calendar Girl’ at Alumni Dinner

We were very lucky to welcome one of the group of women who inspired the award winning film ‘Calendar Girls’ as guest of honour at our recent alumni dinner.

Tricia Stewart is one of the original members of Rylstone WI in Yorkshire responsible for the extraordinary tale that became a worldwide sensation, inspiring a hit movie starring Julie Walters, sell-out stage shows and raising millions of pounds for Leukaemia Research.

She shared her story of a group of ordinary women who decided to strip off for a saucy calendar to raise money for the hospital where one of their husbands died from cancer. Listening intently was a packed Birthill Hall, including over 60 past pupils, amongst them Anne Bailey, author of ‘Gymslips and Jelly Bags: Girlhood memories of Ockbrook School 1948-1956’, as well as more recent leavers from 2006.

Tricia said: “It was an honour to speak and greet so many former teachers and students at Ockbrook School’s alumni dinner. The Calendar Girls story is a huge part of my life and it’s always a delight to share it with keen audiences.”

Headmaster, Tom Brooksby added: “This year’s alumni dinner was a great success and it was a personal pleasure to welcome back so many past students who hold the school in great affection. Our guest speaker captivated us with her story and set the tone for what was a hugely enjoyable and entertaining evening.

“Our guests were served by a select group of our current sixth formers who did a fantastic job waiting on tables. We’ve set the bar very high with this year’s event so we’ll be aiming even higher next year.”