Thirsk Grammar School's friends are reunited

A SUCCESSFUL reunion was held earlier this month for former Thirsk Grammar School pupils who were at the school during the years up to 1959.

The reunion took place at the Lord Nelson pub in Thirsk, and followed last year's successful inaugural event.

This time 81 past pupils enjoyed the occasion, including a number who had not attended the first reunion.

Mrs Margaret Joseph (nee Burton), of Thirsk, a past pupil who went on to teach art and needlework at the school, gave a speech, after being introduced by Mrs Barbara Bainton (nee Douglas), who also gave the welcome.

Also present was Mr Hedley, a former caretaker at the school, who was brought along by his daughter, while the past pupil who travelled the furthest was Mrs Pat Barker (nee Smith), who had come from the Isle of Man.

The reunion was organised by Mrs Ann Headland (nee Clarke), of Romanby, Mrs Barbara Hodgson (nee Craven), of Northallerton, and Mrs Marjorie Thompson (nee Brough), of Thirsk.

Mrs Thompson said it had been a very successful day.

“It was a very happy time for people. It was really nice to meet people you had not met for over 50 years - it was amazing how you could recognise some instantly,” said Mrs Thompson, who also praised the Lord Nelson for the excellent buffet.

Past pupil Mr David Stockdale, who had attended the first reunion but had since died, was remembered on the day.