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Greeted by a Bond classic, the Aston Martin Vanquish (kindly provided by Stratstone Derby), over 130 guests attended the 2013 Old Tridents’ Society Annual Dinner, held on Saturday 9 March.
A red carpet led guests into the Prince Obolensky Building, which was dressed with framed Bond movie prints and life size banners of famous Bond girls. A drinks reception serving Vodka Martini awaited guests together with a musical treat from Trent ‘Strings’ students.
Each year attendance at the OT Dinner increases and this was certainly no exception. Not only was it wonderful to see so many Old Tridents return once again, but also to bring along with them more friends from the OT Community. It was also a delight to welcome former staff joining Old Tridents’ Society President Nigel White, Head of Trent Gill Dixon and Head of The Elms Junior School Keith Morrow for an evening packed with 007 intrigue.
A three course Bond inspired dinner was served, during which Magician Alex Michael, who had returned for a second year following requests from OTs, wowed guests with his fantastic and mesmerizing magic tricks. OT Subhashis Basu (Wortley 94-99) and his band mates provided the music, which included a Bond soundtrack medley, during dinner.
Just for fun, guests participated in a Bond themed table quiz which kept them guessing all night as to the answer to the tie breaker question: What is the connection between James Bond creator Ian Fleming and the founder of Trent College, Sir Francis Wright? There were a few guests who did find the correct answer!
Finally, in true Bond style, the Casino opened its doors giving guests the opportunity to try their luck on the Roulette, Blackjack and Caribbean Stud Poker tables. The evening’s Casino winner, holding just over £1,200, swapped his ‘play money’ for the prize on offer, A Trent College Woolen Scarf and considering it had just started to snow outside, a very timely prize!
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Tiebreaker answer: Ian Fleming created James Bond in 1953 with the novel Casino Royale. He visited Yeldersley Hall on several occasions, primarily to see Muriel Wright with whom he had a passionate, but doomed wartime affair. Muriel Wright was the Great Granddaughter of Sir Francis Wright, the Founder of Trent College. Apparently a great beauty, and a skier and polo player of some repute, it has been suggested that she could have stepped straight into the pages of a James Bond novel and it is thought therefore she was inspiration for Ian Fleming’s famous ‘Bond Girls’.