Pupils past and present say goodbye to former Royal Latin deputy head Andy Cooper

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OLD Latins, current students and staff and well-wishers said goodbye to a highly regarded school leader on Sunday.

A summer garden party to mark the departure of deputy headteacher, Andy Cooper, was held with around 2,000 people turning out to say farewell while on Saturday, a ball was held in his honour.

As well as a leaving party, it was a chance to raise money to improve the drama facilities at the school and to see the proposed designs on display.

Loo Blackburn, from the Friends of the RLS, which organised the event said: “They were absolutely brilliant events.

“The ball welcomed back students from the 1960s to the 2000s and we danced the night away to the Red Bullets and a disco. We had to extend the event because we didn’t want to send anyone home.

“On Sunday, there were parts of the day which were quite emotional and Mr Cooper was moved by it all and said he was lost for words.

“The headteacher said he thought it was a fitting tribute to Andy for 40 years of service. The ball was the most successful event we’ve had at the school and they are talking about a five year reunion in the future.”

Music was provided throughout the afternoon from The Rawlins’ Jazz Quartet, Peter Yelding, Snake and Letty Davies and year 10 band Resist.

There were also school tours and a chance to catch up with other former students. At the end of the day, Mr Cooper was waved off in an old school bus.

Anyone wanting to donate to the drama fund, visit learning.royallatin.bucks.sch.uk