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Professor David Vandelinde, former Vice-Chancellor
Professor David Vandelinde, former Vice-Chancellor
Mr Michael Eavis, honorary graduate and organiser of Glastonbury Festival
Mr Michael Eavis, honorary graduate and organiser of Glastonbury Festival
Professor Richard Mawditt, former Head of Administration
Professor Richard Mawditt, former Head of Administration
Sir Bernard Lovell, one of the University's earliest honorary graduates, with the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor
Sir Bernard Lovell, one of the University's earliest honorary graduates, with the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor

Internal News - 26 October 2006

Quotes from some of those who attended the 40th anniversary service

The 40th anniversary service was attended by 400 people, including 130 VIP guests who gathered in The Guildhall before processing through town to the Abbey. Among the congregation were:

Professor David Vandelinde, who was the University’s Vice-Chancellor between 1992 and 2001. He said: “I am thrilled to be here and to feel that I played a small part in the successes of the University.

“I think one of its greatest achievements is the way in which it is becoming increasingly multi-faceted, once it was known for its sciences, now it is also known for its humanities.

“The anniversary is a great occasion for the University, and a good opportunity to catch up with old friends.”

Mr Michael Eavis, honorary graduate and organiser of the Glastonbury Festival, who attended the event with his son. Mr Eavis said: “To me the service was the perfect example of English pageantry and I feel very honoured to be included.

“Music and singing is a big part of my life and I’ll remember the hymns and the fanfares for a very long time.”

Professor Richard Mawditt, who joined the University as its first accountant in 1965 and went on to become Head of Administration. When he retired in 2003 he was the University’s longest-serving member of staff. He attended the ceremony with his wife, Shirley.

He said: “An occasion like this reminds you what an incredible achievement it is to have gone from being one of the country’s smallest Colleges of Science & Technology to a University consistently in the top ten in the country in just 40 years.

“We should also raise a cheer for the Bristol Trade School, which is where the earliest origins of the University lie, and which would be celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

“This anniversary celebration is a great opportunity for me to see some of the familiar faces from the earliest days of the University, many of whom remain regularly involved. In fact I recognised so many people on the bus on the way down here today that it felt like we were back in the old days!”

The astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell, 92, who was given an Honorary Doctorate in Science by the University in 1967, attended the commemorative dinner held in the Claverton Rooms.