|12 Jun 2022|
Will Hairsine attended Hymers College between 1992 and 1997 before continuing his education at Leicester University, sponsored by the Royal Marines and on graduation joined the Corps.
He did, what he says is the standard military career; Royal Marine Officer, broke my back, Royal Marine Musician, Royal Naval Officer then Principal Warfare Officer. After 20 'glorious' years in the Naval Service, he joined Amazon for a rest, just as the country locked down and all records for parcels processed were broken.
After a relaxing two years with Uncle Jeff (Bezos), I moved to KPMG where I remain as a Senior Manager in the Consultancy Function specialising in Logistics, Supply Chain and Defence consulting. I'm in touch with a number of Old Hymerians through my new penchant for posting on LinkedIn. My favourite teacher was Bob Childs because he made a distinctly average trombone player a mildly good trombone player and gave me the chance to play with some amazing ensembles both in Britain and abroad. Bob was an inspiration! Also I couldn't not mention Ms Stanyon who put up with me and my chronic memory for dates all the way through A-Level history.
When Will was at Hymers the music was 'phenomenal', as it still is, and two performances stood out in his memory.
The Senior Brass performance at my final speech day which was brilliant and the Senior Orchestra's performance of Saint-Saens Symphony number 3 at the Hull music festival. Full orchestra, organ and double piano - ace!
Will was in all of the music ensembles that involved 'loud bits' and the magnificent Rugby 4ths! His Dad went to take some pictures at one of their matches against St Peters in which Will remonstrated quite robustly with the referee until realising it was the Head Master.... He took no pictures because he was too busy laughing at Will's efforts!
Having done a lot of music type assemblies when he was at school, Will kindly took time out of his schedule to speak to the current students in morning assembly.
I took this rare opportunity to remind the students that life at Hymers may seem ordinary but actually when you fire out in to the real world, you do soon find out that it has presented you with some extraordinary opportunities.
I also talked about mental health because having suffered from mental ill health myself I think it's only right to remind people that even people my shape break down too.
It was great to chat about all things to come though and I hope it went down well and helped one or two pupils!
Thank you, Will.
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