Happy reunion for Fleet Fen pupils of the 50s and 60s

Fleet Fen School reunion
Fleet Fen School reunion

A trip down memory lane and an off-the-cuff comment made during a visit to an old neighbour resulted in the reunion of former pupils of a school which closed in 1970.

A trip down memory lane and an off-the-cuff comment made during a visit to an old neighbour resulted in the reunion of former pupils of a school which closed in 1970.

Fleet Fen Primary School Class of 1957

Fleet Fen Primary School Class of 1957

Earlier this year, Susan Bayley, the daughter former Fleet Fen Primary School headmaster Peter Kennedy, was visiting the area her family left when her father moved to another school.

During a chat with former neighbour and fellow pupil Philip Grummitt, Susan said a reunion with more former pupils would be lovely.

That conversation prompted talks between Philip and some friends which resulted in plans being made for the get-together, where 85 people attended Gedney Hill Golf Club.

With nostalgic background music supplied by Marion and Paul Nash, former pupils enjoyed the opportunity to share memories and rekindle old friendships.

The evening was also a fundraiser for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, after it saved the life of ex-pupil Neville Bingham after he suffered head injuries in a freak accident in May 2014. Neville, his family and friends are enormously grateful to the air ambulance service and £537 was raised from ticket sales and a raffle on the evening.

Organisers said they were very happy to see so many people enjoying the chance to reminisce and enjoy each others company again, and thanked all who attended.

Speeches and tributes were made to former headmaster Mr Kennedy (head from 1957 to 1963) and Mr Johnson and to infant teacher Miss Manning.

Fleet Fen School is still standing alongside the former school house, both now in residential use.

• More pictures past and present from this event in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.