Old Rydeians reunite in Yelfs

By Press Release Oct 10, 2021

A group of Old Rydeians from the classes of 1957-60 met up for their annual reunion at Yelf’s Hotel in the town recently.

Just 12 managed to make this year’s reunion, with organiser, Ian Crimp, explaining: “We set up the reunion about 25 years ago – there were more of us then – and originally it was just for the Old Rydeians (Ryde School) Class of 1957.

“But, over the years the group grew a little, to include the early ’60s. Originally, we always met in April or May each year but the pandemic stopped that and the last meeting was in May 2019. We were a little bit light in numbers this year having put the event back to October, but [we] hope things get back to normal next spring.

“The majority of attendees come from the Island but others come from as far afield as Australia, Hampshire, Berkshire and Shropshire. All the guys really enjoy the get-together, the greater majority being in their early 80s, so we have done well to keep going as, unfortunately, we have lost a few along the way!

“We had an enjoyable lunch at Yelfs and, if you go into the bar there, you will see the plaque we put many years ago commenting the ‘Yelfs Group’ as we are known.”