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Reunion is the road to memory lane

PUBLISHED: 14:30 13 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

IT was back to school for more than 300 former Ipswich schoolchildren as they remembered the vintage years of the Second World War.

In the first reunion of its kind, memories of classrooms, air raids and former teachers came flooding back to old boys and girls from Northgate School.

IT was back to school for more than 300 former Ipswich schoolchildren as they remembered the vintage years of the Second World War.

In the first reunion of its kind, memories of classrooms, air raids and former teachers came flooding back to old boys and girls from Northgate School.

But short trousers were certainly a thing of the past for the huge gathering at the Suffolk Showground last night of 70-somethings, whose memories of Northgate stretched back to the mid 1930s and to the years immediately after 1945.

Many had travelled a great distance to catch up with old school pals, some having travelled from as far afield as Canada and America – and from the delighted looks of recognition the trip had certainly seemed worth it.

Organiser Doreen Stephenson said that girls from that era – and she is one – had set up regular smaller reunions but this was the first one for the entire school – the first one the boys were allowed to attend!

"It will be a lovely evening, I'm sure, to wander down memory lane and catch up," she said.

Even some their old teachers had managed to join in the reminiscences, including former biology teacher Vi Short. Beaming, she told The Evening Star: "It's the happiest day of my life."

Present Northgate headteacher Neil Watts said the old pupils were "obviously proud of their history and heritage. It's good to be here and to see so many who valued their education they received when they were at Northgate."

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