OV Andrew Reekes (Ch 64-69), is a historian and writer as well as having two pivotal roles here at King’s Worcester as both a Governor and the Chair of the Development Trust. Andrew’s past books include ‘The Birmingham Political Machine’, ‘Speeches That Changed Britain’ and ‘Two Titans, One City’, however on Tuesday 3rd December we were absolutely delighted to attend the launch of his new book ‘Worcester Moments. River Religion and Royalty’ in the Michael Baker Boathouse. As the title suggests, this book is based all around the fascinating history of Worcester and Andrew has chosen 20 episodic moments in history to touch on in it showing when and how the City was nationally significant.
We began the launch with drinks and canapés with guests, including OVs and King’s family friends as well as many staff and very welcome guests from outside of the King’s community who were interested to meet Andrew and hear about the book.
Andrew then gave us a wonderfully interesting and informative lecture, talking about the context of the book, picking three of his ‘moments’ in the book to delve deeper into. We were fortunate to hear about the dissolution of Worcester Priory, the Battle of Powick and finally, a particular interest of Andrew’s, Worcester’s political history. We were all particularly amused to hear the conclusion of the Royal Commission investigating Worcester in 1906 ‘That there exists in Worcester a class of voters numbering approximately 500 and consisting mainly of the needy and loafing class, but a considerable number of working men in regular employment who are prepared to sell their votes for drink or money.’!
We were delighted to be joined by so many OVs on the evening including Barney Burnham (Ch 59-69), Sir Stephen Tomlinson (H 63-70), Jabba Riaz (Br 91-96), Ian Smith (Cr 73-78) and Jeremy Preston (Cl 66-76), some of whom had been friends with Andrew at school.
A huge thanks to Andrew for a really wonderful evening full of fascinating facts about the City so close to our hearts.