On January 17, 2002, The Perseverance public house, in Cosway Street, London NW1, close to what was the Science Block of the former St. Marylebone Grammar School, saw a gathering of a select group of past pupils of the famed educational establishment.
Fourteen OPs who started at the school at the age of 11 in 1961, or joined that group later, met for what turned out to be the first of a series of regular reunions, including on Guy Fawkes night, 2009, marking Payne's 60th birthday. The latest was on July 30, 2013, at a new venue - The Sports Bar and Grill, next to Marylebone Station. Corré (G), Darvas, Deyong, Fasler, Gordon, Jones, Leibovici, Leach, Parnes and Wallace have attended at various times, whilst Edwards made an appearance at a dinner hosted by Leach.
The 'Group of '61' works in conjunction with the official Old Philologians, encouraging attendance at its annual events and indeed bullying those of the 'Group of '61' who have not done so to cough up the £5 annual Old Philologians subscription.
The Old Philologians is the official organisation representing past pupils and staff of the former school. For just £5 a year, members get three newsletters and at least three social events, including the Annual Dinner, held each in the Autumn.