weeks months of preparation, 3 restaurant switches, 97 bounced emails (you guys really need to make use of the Keep in Contact forms…) and hours of delayed trains, the Manchester Reunion was finally upon us this weekend, and it (hopefully!) didn’t disappoint!
On Saturday 1st December 2012, 25 of Butler’s finest exports descended upon the city of Manchester to enjoy a delightful 3 course meal the the Per Tutti Italian restaurant in Deansgate. With about a 50/50 split between 2011 and 2012 graduates, it was a lovely opportunity to catch up with some familar faces over some good food and a few glasses of wine. Everybody was in good spirits as they reminisced about Butler days and caught up on the latest goings-on in College. It was incredibly interesting to hear what our alumni are getting up to these days; some are travelling the world, working in Law, teaching the next generation, engineering high-end sports cars, accounting for world-renowned firms, and even getting accepted onto Masters courses in Australia! Of course, it was of no surprise to hear that everyone is doing so well – we all know Butler students are the best!
Manchester itself was buzzing, with a huge Christmas market occupying virtually every street of the city, selling everything from hog roasts, German sausage, various types of beer and fudge, wooden ducks and winter woolies galore! The festive spirit really hits Manchester hard. As does the JB spirit it seems; Butler was well and truly taking over the city this weekend, as we discovered when we bumped into 3rd year Butlerite Sam Stuart in a coffee shop on the Sunday! Small world.
All in all, I’d like to that hope the Reunion succeeded in allowing our alumni to recapture some of that Butler magic, catch up with old friends and have a fantastic night away from the world of work and studying!
I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who made the effort to come along to the Reunion and made all the hard work worth it! I hope you had as great a time as I did, and it was so wonderful to catch up with everybody. I miss you all and hope to see you again soon, maybe at the February Reunion in Durham if not before! Sian x