Dentists who trained in Dundee in the late 1950s and early 1960s travelled from across the UK, on Thursday May 2nd, to take part in a reunion celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation.
The class of 1963 at what was then University College Dundee have remained close friends over the years and have regularly made the effort to stage reunions. In total, 16 members of the class and their spouses visited the University of Dundee to see how things have changed in the five decades since they left the institution.
They were welcomed by Professor Mark Hector, Dean of Dentistry, before being given a tour of the Dental School and the wider University campus, including the College of Life Sciences.
"It was a great privilege to welcome 16 former dental students back to the Dental School 50 years after graduating," said Professor Hector. " It is an amazing reunion and especially so since the original class sixe was only 23 strong. Our visitors enjoyed a tour of the school accompanied three third year students - Nirmal Shah, Kirsten Walker and Chris Fowles. The Dental School has a fine reputation built up over many years of being friendly, welcoming and inclusive. We are always very happy to welcome past students to the school and take great pleasure in meeting them."
The reunion was organised by Dr Liz Hardie, who said everyone was looking forward to meeting up with their old friends once again.
"When we were studying at Dundee we established what we called the 'K9 Club', the purpose of which was to strengthen ties for social functions and eventually reunions," she said.
"When we were students we used to organise jumble sales and all sorts of other things to raise money. We were great friends and we've kept this spirit going since graduating all those years ago. We were always a close-knit group and have held many reunions in the past so we're delighted to be keeping this up to mark our 50th anniversary.
"What's even more remarkable is that we keep in touch despite the class being scattered across the UK. There are only two of us who still live locally, while others are based in other parts of Scotland or England, which is why previous reunions have tended to be held elsewhere.
"It's wonderful that so many people are travelling from across the UK to be here with their partners, many of whom they met either here or in St Andrews, as the University College was still part of St Andrews University in those days."
After their tour of the campus, the party headed to the Apex Hotel, City Quay, where a reception was held to celebrate the anniversary.