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75th Anniversary Celebrations

Starts: 29 January 2011
Ends:  30 January 2011

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The academic year 2010-11 marks the 75th anniversary year of teaching optics and optometry at Cardiff University!!!

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We will be celebrating this with a BIG WEEKEND in January - consisting of a BIG BASH on Saturday 29th and a LITTLE BASH on Sunday 30th - and we wish to invite anyone who has studied or worked with us to attend. It is for our past students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, plus our teaching and research staff (past and present).

75th Anniversary Celebrations

On Saturday 29th January 2011 we will be holding our ANNIVERSARY EYEBALL at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff - here’s the link to find out more about this marvellous venue:


This will be a ‘black tie’ dinner (with Welsh themed menu), plus a live band, comedy entertainment, charity raffle prizes, historical photographic exhibition, plus lots more.....


75th Anniversary Celebrations


The VAN GOGHS demand that you lend them at least one of your ears as they take you on a tour of their favourite artists from the past five decades.  These musicians are top pros, with band members having toured the UK, Europe and America with the very best in the business including Sugababes, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, Faithless, New Order, Marc Almond and Black Sabbath.  Between them they have made radio and television appearances on both sides of the Atlantic including Top of The Pops, The Chart Show and Later With Jools Holland. From Dolly Parton to Dizzee Rascal this four-piece band draw on a huge and diverse musical repertoire of classic floor-fillers.


75th Anniversary Celebrations

The comic entertainment will be courtesy of SARAH MORGAN who many of you will know as an accomplished speaker and educator on the optometry CET circuit. Perhaps what you didn’t know is that Sarah is also an accomplished comedienne with several professional gigs on her long CV, and will be supplying her hilarious northern wit and observational humour to the evening.



On Sunday 30th January 2011 we will continue the fun (or recovery!) with a lovely brunch back at the School, a CET talk (gentle one), and a tour if you wish. 

This promises to be a really special weekend - designed for you and your friends to get together and enjoy your own reunion within a bigger one – we sincerely hope as many of you as possible can make it!!

The ticket price of £65 includes both events, and you can also get discounted accommodation if you are quick!




If you have any questions about the event (seating plans, menu options, accommodation), or if you just prefer to book over the telephone, you can call this number:  029 2087 4878  

Block bookings for whole tables can be arranged to help you get the most out of your own gathering!

Otherwise booking is online here:

and then click ‘Event Registration’ on the menu on the left hand side.

Where it says ‘seating request’, please put here if you wish to be part of a group (name some people you wish to sit with),  or quite simply what year you attended/worked with the School. You will be guided through to a secure credit card payment option.


If you wish to contact the School directly about this event rather than our booking team, please call:

Dr Christine Purslow on 029 2087 6316 or email


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Open To: Public