The 11th UK BI
Reunion will be held at the Newcastle/Gateshead Hilton Hotel. This
4-star hotel has an imposing riverside location on the south bank
of the Tyne between Stephenson's High Level Bridge
and the Swing Bridge and enjoys a panoramic view of the river and the
city of Newcastle. The reunion dinner will
be held in the Gateshead Suite and lunch in the restaurant (for
our sole use) overlooking the river. The Hilton has
254 well-appointed bedrooms, some with river views. Leisure facilities
include a pool and health and fitness centre. There is ample car
parking at the hotel.
programme has revitalised both north and south banks of the Tyne.
From the hotel a ten-minute stroll takes you to
the 'blinking eye' Millennium Bridge, past the spectacular modern Sage
centre for music and the arts, to the Baltic, formerly a grain warehouse,
now transformed into the Centre for Contemporary Arts. Over
the river there are many bars and restaurants on the Quayside which,
along with the city and region, is endowed with some stunning public
art, the most famous example being The Angel of the North on the approach
from the south.
Newcastle arrive from Birmingham, Exeter, Gatwick, Jersey, Manchester,
Plymouth and Southampton. Newcastle has good road
connections: AI north and south, the A68 from Edinburgh,
the A69 from Carlisle, connecting the M6 (south) and the A74 (Glasgow).
The city also has excellent rail services with
direct trains from London, York, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester,
Birmingham, Bristol and Exeter.
We are fortunate
to have teamed up with Travel Services of Colchester, co-owned by
BI Cruising Department manager John Rees (who was directly involved
in establishing educational cruising, its initial success, and then
in marketing the ships to foreign schools and groups). Travel
Services has been negotiating with the hotel on our behalf and will
be handling all accommodation arrangements for us. Bookings
should be made on their booking form.
If you are intending
to join us please complete the BI
Reunion Booking Form and return it to me with your cheque
per person (covers deposit and £6 registration fee) as soon
Tel: 0114 230 4815
Final detail of the
programme is in a downloadable PDF here)
Evening Oct 8, 2010, from 18.00
Please add your names
to the table seating plan and indicate the names of friends you wish
to sit with, even though at this stage you may not know if they will
all be attending. Similarly, if you plan to
make up a table of 10 please list their names. Hopefully Sue can
accommodate some, if not all, of your requests and try to ensure that
each of you knows at least one other person seated at your table.
by REUNION DINNER
be held in the Gateshead Suite from 19.00 for 20.00. There will be
a three-course menu, with dietary alternatives on request. There
will be the usual pre-dinner wine order service in the bar/reception
area from 18.30. Dress: Jacket & tie/smart casual.
Early Evening, Oct 9, departing at 16.00
RIVER TYNE CRUISE
Quay to Sea three-hour
departing 16.00 at the earliest (to be confirmed)
the Millennium Bridge (Pitcher & Piano) with BI-accented commentary by a
City Guide. A buffet dinner is included and will be served on the return half
of the journey. This journey back in time takes us downriver through the Millennium
Bridge, symbol of the modern city, to the 11th Century Benedictine Priory at
Tynemouth. We see the areas where in earlier times shipbuilding flourished and
where BI ships Amra,
Aska, Chakdina, Chindwara, Chilka, Dwarka, Ellenga, Manora, Merkara,
Mulbera, Morvada, Palikonda, Sirdhana, Talamba, Talma, Zaida and Zira,
to name a few, were built. Cost approx £21 per head.
Lunchtime Oct 10, from 12.30
This will be held
in the Windows on the Tyne restaurant. A
selection of four main dishes of meat, fish and vegetables of varying
strengths which will be served along with the usual accompaniments,
or dietary alternatives, at £20.00 per head, based on a minimum
of 60 persons.
John King, who lives in Newcastle, has kindly
offered to organise a guided tour of Trinity House. Cost £4
pp for a minimum of 10 visitors (website: trinityhousenewcastle.org.uk).
John would also be happy to arrange a round of golf for anyone
who might be interested. For further information please contact John:
tel 01670 825916, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
cheques payable to BI Reunion. The balance will
be due at the end of July 2010 and I will send out a reminder in
June along with confirmation of arrangements and a guest list. We'd
like to assure you that we always try to keep costs down. We
have managed to maintain the overall cost for 2010 at the 2008 reunion
level, including a non-refundable registration fee of £6.00
per person for postage, name badges, stationery, telephones etc.
Please note the price we will be invoiced by the hotel for dinner
is based on a minimum of 200 guests. We are initially charging
based on a minimum of 150, but hopefully our bookings will exceed
this number, in which case we anticipate being able to reduce the
cost per head accordingly.