Old pupils turn back the years

ORGANISERS of a golden reunion for pupils from an Ipswich school enjoyed the event so much they are already making plans for the next one.

ORGANISERS of a golden reunion for pupils from an Ipswich school enjoyed the event so much they are already making plans for the next one.

More than 120 past students of Copleston High School came from across the country for a nostalgic get-together at Tower Hall, Rushmere, on Friday.

And guest of honour was maths teacher Norman Hazell, who worked at the school between 1949 and 1984 and travelled from Cumbria to join in the celebrations to mark 50 years since the pupils left what was then Copleston Secondary School.

Bob Howlett, one of the organisers, said: “It was a tremendous social evening where we met old friends. We are 65 and we want to get together and enjoy ourselves. In those days, everyone was much more part of a community.”

Among the guests was Tony Hare, a former scriptwriter for the BBC, whose work included the News Hudd Lines, Last of the Summer Wine and Dad's Army.

There was also 1960s music played throughout the night and a prize-giving ceremony.

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Now well into their 60s, this was expected to be the fourth and final time the group met up, but this may not now be the case.

Mr Howlett, Purdis Farm, said: “It was a wonderful event. There are tentative plans to do another one in a few years.”

Do you have a reunion coming up? Call The Evening Star newsdesk on 01463 324788 or e-mail: starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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