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30 classmates from 1950s reunited at Bishop King Primary School in Lincoln

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

  • School assembly: Brenda Louth, front centre, with some of her former schoolmates from St Andrew’s School, Lincoln. When the school closed, many pupils went to Bishop King School where, almost 60 years on, the old pals held a reunion. They were even joined by one of their teachers, Marjorie Wood, front, second from right

  • Mr Scoffin, Miss Reade, Mr Baker, Miss Shatman, Sam Chantry, Miss Tingle, Mr Vinter, front, Vicar, Miss Wood, Miss Roberts, Mr Bedford, Miss Holmes, Miss Mills and Mr Gibson

  • Some of their school pals that were not on the original picture also came to the reunion

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Memories came flooding back as a 1950s school class and their teacher were reunited after almost 60 years.

There were tears of joy when around 30 former classmates got together at Bishop King Primary School in Lincoln.

Brenda Louth, 71, teamed up with the Echo earlier in the year to organise the special event.

And after the Echo printed an old school photo, Mrs Louth was inundated with phone calls.

But the biggest surprise came when former teacher Marjorie Wood, 98, showed an interest in getting in on the party. It had been 56 years since they had seen each other.

"It was an absolutely fantastic reunion," said Mrs Louth. "I am so pleased it went well.

"It's incredible when you think I haven't seen some of these people since I left school nearly 60 years ago. To begin with, I only recognised two men and one woman. But I knew everyone by the end.

"The atmosphere was incredible. There was so much joy and I am so glad I went through with the idea of the reunion.

"There were people talking here, there and everywhere.

"I couldn't believe it when our old teacher said she wanted to come. She was not exactly how I remembered her but one thing that had not changed was that she still dressed immaculately."

"Everyone was so excited and happy to be there."

The party enjoyed a spread of tea and cakes while classmates reminisced with old photos.

Vera Taylor, 72, attended Bishop King School in the 1950s. Now, her two grandsons, Jensen, 7, and Preston, 4, attend the very same school in Kingsway.

"My lovely two grandsons go to the same school today and they love it there.

"I have lived in Lincoln all my life and it's nice Jensen and Preston are learning where I did. They really like it and they are doing well.

"I still go to the school for their school concerts. I love it and I love the children because it keeps me young.

"The reunion was wonderful. Everyone seemed really jolly and I am so happy I went.

"Surprisingly enough, I recognised a few of the people even after all this time apart.

"It is definitely something I would recommend to people if they have not seen old friends for a long time – there is always so much to talk and laugh about.

"It's nice talking about the good old days."

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