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The Class of '45: 70th Anniversary Reunion

On Tuesday 8 September, NU Advancement was delighted to host a very special reunion as the MB BS Class of 1945 reunited on campus to mark the 70th anniversary of their graduation.

The group, aged between 92 and 93, returned to the King George VI Building where they first met over seven decades ago. Over lunch in the Howden Room, the seven members of the group reflected on their time at King’s College Newcastle, part of Durham University at the time. One member of the group travelled especially from the United States for the reunion.

Remarkably, the MB BS Class of 1945 qualified from a shortened wartime course of four years. Among them was eminent neurologist Lord Walton of Detchant. Synonymous with the University and in particular the Medical School, his remarkable career has seen him break boundaries in neurological research, inspire generations of students and hold offices at the highest level. You can read our interview with Lord Walton from our recent alumni magazine, Arches.

The group were joined by Professor David Burn, Director, Institute of Neuroscience & Professor of Movement Disorder Neurology. The 70th anniversary demonstrates that for many Newcastle University students, the friendships which form in the classroom, in halls of residence or within student societies are lifelong ones.

Organising your own reunion

If you are interested in organising your own reunion, NU Advancement is here to help. Whether you are celebrating a special milestone or simply wondering what your friends from your University days are doing now, there’s never been a better excuse to get together.

From contacting lost friends to arranging accommodation and venues, we can help. And of course, whether you’re attending a private reunion or a networking event, you can always rely on our warm hospitality.

For further information about organising your own reunion, please contact Anna Warren,
Advancement Officer (Alumni Engagement), at


published on: 17 September 2015