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Class of '86 look forward to reunion

PUBLISHED: 23:15 17 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

WITH just days to go before the much awaited reunion of Chantry High School class of 1986 stories of past times are already circulating.

Like the teachers' strikes that took quite a few days out of the final year or the riotous school discos and shenanigans at the youth club.

WITH just days to go before the much awaited reunion of Chantry High School class of 1986 stories of past times are already circulating.

Like the teachers' strikes that took quite a few days out of the final year or the riotous school discos and shenanigans at the youth club.

Tracy Horlock (nee Farthing) who is busy making last minute arrangements for Saturday's reunion with pal Jayne Studd (nee Westley) bravely admits she carried the nickname 'Pug' in honour of her remarkable ability to flare her nostrils. While former head girl Jayne hotly denies her legacy as brain box of the year.

By all accounts, the reunion at Paul's Social Club on Stone Lodge Lane, in Ipswich, looks set to be tremendous fun – just like the old days at school.

"I think you always hate school when you are there but once you leave I think you look back with fond memories," said Tracy, now a part-time legal secretary and mum-of-five.

"You realise how easy it was at school compared to when you have to go to work or have children. I think we were quite a fun year group. We were always ready for a laugh.

"Everybody has been saying we should have a reunion but it got to 15 years and I thought somebody has got to get up and do it," said Jayne, who juggles being a mum-of-two with a part time job at Mothercare in Ipswich.

More than 70 former class mates have already bought tickets to the party but so far only one teacher, year head Steve Page, has promised to attend.

A special disco playing tunes from the 1980s has been arranged and large blown up photographs of school life will decorate the walls.

The pair advertised the event on the internet and the region's radio stations as well as posting notices in shops across the town.

"We're really looking forward to catching up with everybody, seeing what they are doing, whether they have any kids or not," added Tracy.

"I'm sure once we get together all the old stories will come out. I can't wait."

There is still time to get tickets for the reunion bash at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 20. Tickets at £3.50 are available from Jayne on 07930137020 or Tracy on 07712476174 or can be bought on the door.

Any profits made at the event will be handed over to a cancer charity.

Friends from all over the world meet through the Evening Star Finding Friends website which can be found at www.eveningstar.co.uk

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