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‘Hendon Old Geographers’ return to Middlesex


The Hendon Old Geographers reunionOld faces reunited in June when the Geography class of '78 returned to campus for another HOGs reunion

A group of former Middlesex University BA and BSc Geography students returned to campus in June for a timely reunion, 35 years since they donned their gowns and mortarboards.

With the help of group organiser Rob Hilliar, the 'Hendon Old Geographers' (or HOGs, as they call themselves) met at the University's state-of-the-art Grove building on Friday June 21st  2013.

After an afternoon spent catching up and reminiscing about the good old days, the HOGs who returned to campus then headed out to their old Hendon haunt The Greyhound to meet up with more former classmates.

"This year was the second big reunion we have held in Hendon," said Rob, now a Commercial Contracts Manager at BT. "However, we do have smaller regional meetings when we can.

"It is always great meeting up with old friends to catch up. People are scattered all around the world now so not everyone can make it, but we do stay in touch through social media and email."

After graduating, many from the class of 1978 set up the Hendon Old Geographers society to remain in touch with each other, but it didn't stay together for very long after they all went their separate ways and ended up scattered around the world.

However, when Nigel Dougan was diagnosed with a progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis this provided the motivation he and Rob needed to begin tracking down their old classmates for another reunion.

Since then, Rob has been keeping everyone together through the HOGs newsletter and they often meet up for days out.

With some of the group travelling a long distance for the reunion, the HOGs booked into the Hendon Hall Hotel so they could make a weekend of it, meeting up again the following day for a walk around Hampstead.

If you would like to organise a reunion please contact the Alumni Relations team for more information.

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