It can't be almost 50 years since we were there as students

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It can be difficult to decide whether to come to a 'big' reunion like this if you've not been before, particularly if you're coming alone. The experience that most people have is a positive one (or maybe those that don't have a good time just don't tell me) as even if there is no-one you know well or knew from when you were a student there the overall atmosphere is just very friendly and inclusive.

If you're registered on the RHC70s website then you can search for other people that you may have known just by searching based on your starting year and subject. Some names may then ring a bell and you can send them a message via the system. I have met and become friends with many of the alumni who I didn't know at all or not particularly well at the time (and indeed some I actually disliked during my student days!!). The badges that people wear also help to identify others that were there at the same time and are a great ice-breaker.

In short if you ever plan to visit the College you are more likely to meet with people that share similar memories at the reunion than you will at any other time. Whilst it is a 'big' reunion it is actually made up of lots of smaller groups having a get-together at the same time (much like the student days) and taking advantage of the different activities that are taking place. The other benefit of coming to the reunion is that most of the people that will be on the campus will be of a similar age so you can almost convince yourself that you are not as old as you feel when surround by lots of teenage students!!

The fact that there is a College Heritage day on the Sunday is a big plus this time round as there will be a lot more activities going on with exhibitions and the like.

Coming as a group is even better - but it doesn't need to be a big group and you'll likely meet up with others from the same era who you may also remember. For the evening meal the tables are arranged to seat around 10 or 12 people on a table. We suggest tables are grouped so that those that started in the same year will be seated with others from the same era so the chances are high that you'll be seated with others that you have something in common with - but this is very fluid as so many alumni know others from a few starting years either side of their own. But the system is designed to make it as positive as possible for larger groups, small groups and individuals to have a pleasant and relaxing time.

If you are looking for a formal event with seating plans then this is probably not the event for you as the atmosphere is relaxed - you are welcome in shorts and t-shirts or a tuxedo, the only guidance is to come to be relaxed. The photographs from past reunions will probably provide the best indication of what you can expect - you have to login to the site to see them (that's to protect the privacy of the attendees) but there are a lot of different pictures there.