by Sir Robin Haydon, K.C.M.G.
I am delighted to have been asked, as President of the Old Pharosians’ Association, to write the foreword to this souvenir book, Fifty Years On.
The 9th of December, 1981, was a great day for the school and all who are and were associated with it. I know that many people were involved in the meticulous preparations which ensured that everything went perfectly on the day itself and that the various functions were both dignified and enjoyable.
But we all know that there was one man, the Headmaster, who guided and organised the whole operation from start to finish.
I have known Reg Colman for only a few years, but I am always aware of two things when I am with him and talk to him on the telephone. First, I enjoy his company and second, he is a remarkable individual.
I admire his humanity, tolerance and sense of humour and now, especially after the 9th of December, his capacity for organisation.
I do not wish to embarrass him by being fulsome so I shall add that he is constantly under pressure from the many demands of his office, demands that are increased by the way he makes himself freely available to boys, parents and his staff; and by his desire to get about in educational circles.
So I think we are very lucky to have, as Headmaster, a man of such character and qualities to lead the school through these difficult times.