From the President

As many of you will have read elsewhere, at the Old St Beghian

Society AGM in September I was elected to be the Society

President for the next two years. In following on from the

immediate Past President, Anthony Wills, (and Don Williams

before him) I am conscious that I have large shoes to fill. In

particular I am grateful to Anthony and Joanne for taking the

trouble to have lunch with me in order to give me a full briefing

and handover; it is proving to be enormously helpful.


Dacre Watson (SH 56-62) President 2014

There will be many of you who do not know me and I include a short resume of my time since leaving St Bees in July 1962.

As many of my contemporaries at St Bees will remember, I was quite keen on aeroplanes and after I left school I was fortunate

enough to be selected for a place at The College of Air Training, Hamble, which was the pilot training establishment set up by

BOAC and BEA in 1960.

- Last Flight

I started there in January 1963 and graduated at the end of

the following year to join BEA, initially flying the Vanguard as a

co-pilot. It was in BEA that also met Tim Savage (SH 44-49) and

Ian Stanley (G 45-48), both Old St Beghians from the 40s; later

Roger Andrews (G 61-66) joined us followed by Mike Harrison

(G 56-61), who came in with the merger with BCal in 1987.

I spent 40 years as an airline pilot, 31 as Captain and 26 of

those as an instructor and examiner; apart from five years with

Singapore airlines, my whole career was spent with BEA and

British Airways.


After I retired I became involved with a City Livery Company, The Honourable Company of Air Pilots eventually running the

education element which involved working with Inner City schools raising money to provide disadvantaged children with Gliding

Days and providing funds for these schools to start Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes. Bearing in mind my own privileged

time at St Bees, I found it a humbling experience. I still get airborne whenever I can in a 61 year old shared Piper Tripacer which

I have had for the last 20 odd years and which keeps me in touch with my old way of life.

My full intention over the coming two years is to attend as many events and dinners as possible in order to meet as many of

you as I can.

Thank you for electing me and I look forward to working with you all.

Dacre Watson,
President of the St Beghian Society

Tel: (01367) 252384