No. 203

OSB Logo The Old St Beghian
  July 2023


Tim Brown (G 53-59) recalls some events surrounding 1953.

“Whilst I was away in Austria, the local paper had big headlines about the 70th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest. It was big news in that country of mountains. This reminded me of the additional joy we had here on Coronation Day 1953.
On this expedition, Tom Stobart was the chief cameraman. He was an Old Boy and came to give us a talk when he returned to this country, in either 1953 or 1954.  

I once had the pleasure of meeting Edmund Hillary, who with Sherpa Tensing conquered the peak, in a self-service dinner queue in a hotel restaurant on the Ganges where he was carrying out a rather ill-fated jet boat journey.  He was a tall gangly man. He happily gave me his autograph!”



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