“It was a last minute decision as we reminisced one evening, to return to Bangor after nearly 35 years. We met in what was Neuadd Rathbone during the Freshers’ Week of 1982. We were at that time oblivious to the fact that we would form lifelong friendships.
We adored life in Bangor: semi independence, growing financial efficacy as well as social & academic interaction. We enjoyed the usual haunts: study in Top College, drinking in the Ffriddoedd bar and chips and curry sauce at the take-away on College Road! A number of international musicians performed in the student union- Hot Chocolate, Bad Manners & Slade to name but a few. "Sign me in yeh!" was a common request from the locals. We celebrated birthdays, good grades and indeed anything positive by eating a delicious dessert called “the Blitz” at Caines Restaurant in Lower Bangor. We chilled in the curved lounge and refectory, spent our grants frugally at Billy Lal's Bargain Centre & at the sole supermarket, Tesco. At that time all shops and public hostelries closed all day Sunday and so we busied ourselves with study or… laundry.
Helen graduated with Honours in History in 1984 and now lives in Hampshire. Nina graduated in Biochemistry and Ingrid in Biblical Studies both in 1985. They reside in Birmingham and all three have families of their own. (Nina incidentally met her husband Sukhi at university and they later got married). Bangor was our first choice for academic study. We feel that we made the right choice and as a result, secured long, lasting friendships. It was food for the soul to return this week!”