As the Saturday programme on the previous page shows we will also have a great afternoon at the Broadwater Campus from 12 noon to 4.30pm where we will all have a unique opportunity to hear how the College has developed since we studied there as well as being treated to 3 different tours of the impressive facilities and the remodelled College buildings which have undergone a multi-million refurbishment that almost constituted a re-build. Registration at the College will begin at 12 noon. Welcome address is at 1pm.
Live demonstrations of the Bridge Simulator, which all who attended the 1st Reunion in 2010 agreed was an amazing experience, will have you convinced that you are really aborad ship and actually entering Liverpool Port (or any one of a selection of major ports world-wide). Last time many of found ourselves leaning to the left and then the right as we apparently rode the waves of what was in reality a simulated sea. It was quite an experience and one not to be missed.
The Off-Shore Survival Pool is also an impressive feature of one of the 3 tours and we will all be able to see where Prince William carried out his SOLAS training and where he does his refresher courses. With its Helicopter Cab Simulator we can see how those who might have to ditch in the ocean learn how to get out of and surface from a sinking helicopter that bhad turned upside down.
2012 will be the first outing for the very latest technological installation at the College in that the new Engine Room Simulator will also provide a most interesting tour which I believe will even provide the noise and vibrations of a typical marine engine as it is started and run-up - all without an oily rag in sight.
Then after checking-in to our accommodation it is a 5.30pm gathering at The North Euston Hotel for pre-dinner drinks and a chat with friends old and new and checking the display-board in the hotel foyer to find your table for the four course dinner to follow in the hotel's impressive Ballroom. This is also where you can pre-oder wines for delivery to your table; there will be a staffed wine table set-up in the foyer so that you can have your wine choice ready and waiting on your tabe for when you commence your meal.
Six o'clock and we should all be seated at our tables looking forward to a tasty 4 course plus coffee & mints dinner. Please note that in order for the waiters to get the right choice to you (you will be asked before 22 September to choose your selections from the 4 courses when you will have received a copy of the dinner menu) it is essential that you do not change tables or places - since each waiter will have a set number of tables assigned to them and they will have the names and menu choices of the occupants of those tables in advance. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet-up with your old friends after the dinner during the post-dinner musical entertainment and dancing.
Nine o'clock and the musical entertainment and dancing should commence and hopefully the wide selection music from the 50's to the 90's will suit everyone's taste and leave none with an excuse for not joining-in. Remember, this is not Strictly Come Dancing and we are all happy to let our hair down (thta is those of us who have any) since we will be among friends and we can really relax.