Pupils’ last reunion at St Guthlac School

CLASS ACT: From left Linda Boor, Nigel Pepper, Hasmek Clarke and Catherine Gibbard. SG230113-117NG
CLASS ACT: From left Linda Boor, Nigel Pepper, Hasmek Clarke and Catherine Gibbard. SG230113-117NG

Pupils who left St Guthlac School in Crowland in the early 1970s are getting set for their last ever reunion on the old school site.

St Guthlac’s is now known as University Academy Holbeach, Crowland Campus and it too will close later this year to make way for a primary school.

Long standing pals Linda Boor (nee Staniforth) and Val Hunter (nee Beeken) are helping to organise the gathering of pupils who left in 1970, 1971 and 1972.

They will meet up at 2pm on Sunday, February 17, for a chance to reminisce.

The former pupils, some of whom left at the tender age of 15, will be asked to take along old photographs for a memory board and there will be a special memorial section for those who have died.

Linda said: “We are not going to forget the people who are not with us any more.”

Partners are welcome but Linda, in common with a number of other former pupils, will be there with a former school pal who became her husband.

Linda and farmer husband Jonathan met up again four or five years after leaving St Guthlac.

“I married a school friend so we have got the same history,” she said.

Linda and three former school pals met at St Guthlac for our photograph and Hasmek Clarke (nee Hunt) is another who walked down the aisle with a school pal.

Joining them were Catherine Gibbard (nee Skillings) and Nigel Pepper.

Linda and Jonathan have a son, Adrian (30) and daughter Sally (28).

And it seems the maternity ward is the perfect place for bumping into an old school friend.

Linda said: “Val Hunter was in hospital at the same time as me having her twin daughters and I was having my son.”

Val works on the St Guthlac site as receptionist – the same job her mum used to do.