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VIP Guest at St Mary's Annual Dinner Is A Marvel


St Mary's College welcomed back a former pupil who has helped to breathe life into superheroes like Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk as the VIP guest at its annual dinner this week.

Writer, editor and illustrator Tim Quinn, who has worked for Marvel Comics in New York, was the guest speaker at the sixth Friends of St. Mary's reunion event at West Lancashire Golf Club.

VIP guest Tim Quinn (centre) pictured with St. Mary's Principal Mike Kennedy (left), Friends of St. Mary's Chair Tony Bradshaw, Head Boy Lawrence Gillam and Head Girl Ruth Cawdron

In an amusing and well-received speech, Tim looked back at his time at both The Mount preparatory school and St. Mary's senior school in the 1960s.

After leaving school, he began his career working in theatre and TV, including a spell as a producer on Melvyn Bragg's South Bank Show.

Tim then moved into the world of comic books, working on leading UK titles like The Beano and The Dandy, before heading stateside to work for US publishing giant Marvel Comics on its famous Spider-Man, X-Men and Incredible Hulk publications.

However, Tim stressed that some of the characters he had met at St. Mary's were even more extraordinary than any he has created in comic books!

Tony Bradshaw, Chair of the Friends of St. Mary's, commented: “We were delighted that Tim accepted our invitation to speak at the reunion dinner this year.

“He has had a very successful career in various branches of the media industry and is yet another example of a former St. Mary's pupil who has reached the very top of his chosen profession.”

Mr Bradshaw also pointed out that Tim was following in the footsteps of a number of other illustrious former pupils who have been VIP guests at the Friends annual dinner. They have included former BBC Director-General Lord John Birt and Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster.

Other highlights of this year's reunion included the presence of former pupil Adrian Norton and his American wife Helen who had travelled from their home in Richmond, Virginia to attend.

American friends  Adrian and Helen Norton from Richmond, Virginia, check out an exhibition of old school photographs.

An auction and raffle also raised almost £1,400 for the Friends of St. Mary's Minibus Appeal.

Tony Bradshaw added: “There is a national and international family of people with connections to St. Mary's and the Friends organisation and our reunion events are all about bringing people together to renew old friendships and create new ones.”

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