The Old Almondburians' Society
Annual Dinner 2018
This year’s Annual dinner will be on Saturday, 24th November at the School. We have again pegged the price at £27.50. The traditional Founders’ Day Service will take place the following day at Almondbury Parish Church.

The principal guest speaker will be Andrew Taylor, the younger son of the former King James’s Grammar School headmaster Harry Taylor.

Harry Taylor was also a noted cricketer, and his elder son, Richard, is sometimes described (by himself) as “possibly the fastest bowler never to play for Yorkshire” – but Andrew’s major cricketing achievement at school was a dour Boycottish 0 not out as Fenay’s number 11 batsman to deny Jessop victory in a junior house match in 1964.

Andrew’s first job was as a journalist on the Yorkshire Evening Post, so long ago that one of his early reporting roles was covering the arrival of the first girls to attend King James’s. After that, he went on to work in the House of Commons and for the Daily Express (which, he points out, was very different then from the way it is now) and as a reporter for BBC Television News.
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He left there in 1988, and worked for the next sixteen years for Dubai Television, both in the Gulf and in London.

He was made redundant in 2005 – an experience he described in Burning the Suit, one of a number of books he has written since. They include three biographies of people no one has ever heard of, writing which, he says, has been very interesting and rewarding but a poor career move.

Andrew claims that was asked to speak at this year’s Dinner when Richard adroitly sidestepped the invitation, pushing his younger brother forward instead. Andrew is looking forward to getting his revenge in November.

To apply for tickets, please complete and submit the form below. In the form you can also let us know of any vegetarian requirements and whether you would like to attend Founders’ Day.
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