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Fond memories at Copleston reunion

PUBLISHED: 19:21 28 January 2002 | UPDATED: 15:24 03 March 2010

MEMORIES from more than half a century ago were given an airing at a reunion for former pupils of Copleston High School.

Pupils who attended the school between 1948 and 1955 had the chance to meet up, share a drink and chat with friends that in some cases, hadn't been seen since the days of Muffin the Mule and King George VI.

MEMORIES from more than half a century ago were given an airing at a reunion for former pupils of Copleston High School.

Pupils who attended the school between 1948 and 1955 had the chance to meet up, share a drink and chat with friends that in some cases, hadn't been seen since the days of Muffin the Mule and King George VI.

Organiser Dennis Crapnell said that around 160 former pupils from the school were in attendance at the St Clements Sports and Social Club on Saturday night.

He said: "This was the third time in recent years that former classmates had the chance to get together. The first time was in 1998, to mark 50 years since 1948 and we had another one in 2000."

Since the first reunion, Mr Crapnell said that the number of ex-Copleston pupils who were attending the functions has grown and there is now a mailing list to keep track of ex-pupils and inform them of similar functions.

Former pupil John Dent said that this was the perfect chance to exchange stories from the schooldays and to compare career paths since those days of the early 1950s.

He said: "These reunions have come in very handy and it's great to have the opportunity to see old friends again, its amazing that so many of us are all here under one roof."

While the modern trend maybe for friends re-uniting over the internet, this meet-up was all about turning those old names into reality.

Terry Welham, who was in attendance with his brother Gary, said it was great to see his old mate Mel Griffiths after more than 40 years.

He said: "I haven't seen him since 1958 – we used to call him Taffy and it's great to see him again. When I look back, it was a fabulous time at what was a wonderful school. Discipline was discipline back then and anyone who stepped out of line certainly knew about it!"

Guest of honour at the evening was former teacher Norman Hazell, who taught at the school from 1949-1984. He said that the school's principles of turning out hard working scholars was what made it so special.

Mr Hazell, said that it was very different at Copleston back then as teachers were required to teach a variety of different subjects, in his case, virtually everything except science or handicraft.

As well as the chance to chat, there was a raffle and food and live music courtesy of local band Harvest Gold.

n If you would like to join the Copleston mailing list and be informed of future reunions, contact Dennis Crapnell on 01473 259890.

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