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Party time for Class of '71

PUBLISHED: 16:39 27 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

YOU know you have thrown a good party when gatecrashers arrive at the door.

And that's exactly what happened to organises of the Chantry Secondary Modern class of 1971 reunion bash when former pupils who weren't even in the same year group pitched in to enjoy a evening of reminiscing and catching up at the Stonelodge Community Centre in Ipswich.

YOU know you have thrown a good party when gatecrashers arrive at the door.

And that's exactly what happened to organises of the Chantry Secondary Modern class of 1971 reunion bash when former pupils who weren't even in the same year group pitched in to enjoy a evening of reminiscing and catching up at the Stonelodge Community Centre in Ipswich.

Ex classmates from as far a field as America and Australia emailed Julie Goddard when she posted a message on The Evening Star Finding Friends website alerting former pupils to a planned get-together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of leaving school.

Although Vanessa Cassidy, now living in the USA, and David Goldrick, currently holed up down under, were not able to make it to the party, nearly 90 old boys and girls and teacher Steve Page were able to put in an appearance making it a night to remember for all.

Mrs Goddard (nee Clark), who organised the event with Michael Allender, Lynda Tozer and Maureen Scrivener said that although people were quiet at first, once the ice had been broken the night went with a bang.

"It was a bit reserved at first because 30 years is a long time but we got together for a photo and that pulled people out of their groups and we all got more sociable.

"By the end of the evening we had trouble getting some people to leave. It was nice to see how people had got on and we even had gatecrashers – people that weren't in the year but who wanted to come along.

"We labelled everyone up as some people had changed beyond all recognition. Maureen brought in her old school skirt and we all signed it and others brought in old photographs."

Mrs Goddard, of Greenspire Grove, Ipswich, said that she received emails from all over the world after she left a note on the Star's website.

Many weren't even from former classmates but people who once attended the school and having set up a new life abroad we pleased to see its name come up.

The buffet and disco raised £265 from ticket sales, which has now been handed over to the Ipswich branch of the East Anglian Children's Hospice.

Most of the party-goers had reached their 45th birthday and Mrs Goddard said that requests were already being made for another celebratory bash to mark the class reaching 50-years-old.

"I'll be asking for more volunteers next time as it was very hard work, although it was definitely worth it," she admitted.

N Are you organising a school reunion? If so contact the Star so we can help publicise the event and cover the get together. Contact us by letter, fax or email at Old School Ties, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, fax 01473 225296 or email StarNews@ecng.co.uk

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