Pupils, parents and staff head for reunion

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Pupils who attended Weston St Mary’s Primary School during the 1980s are being invited to relive their school days at a reunion.

The event, organised by former headteachers David Jones and Chris Flanagan and ex-pupil Elke Biehler, is on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, and is open to former pupils, their families, teachers, staff as well as the wider village community.

The idea for a get-together came about after Elke bumped into former head Mr Jones and later got reminiscing on Facebook.

Things quickly snowballed with a page dedicated to Weston School in the 80s set up for people to post old photos and stories on, which led to calls for a reunion.

“I am really surprised by the way things mushroomed from my chance meeting with Elke,” said Mr Jones.

“It has been lovely to hear the comments from past pupils and parents and even better to hear about what they are all up to now. I hope it means they all have happy memories of their time at Weston St Mary’s and that it helped them on their way in life.

“I have heard from ex-pupils, parents and ex-staff from far and wide including Ireland, Hong Kong and New Zealand and I am really looking forward to seeing them all again, I just hope I will be able to recognise them!”

Former teachers and staff including Mrs Freeman, Mrs Wilson, Miss Rose (now Mrs Lister) Mrs Price and Mrs Clements are among those hoping to attend, and as well as digging out old photos and other items of memorabilia for a display, ex-pupils are also being asked to don their blue and white bobble hats, a staple part of the school’s uniform for outings and trips.

The reunion begins at the school site in Small Drove, Weston, between 5pm and 7pm on the Friday, after which a coffee bar and catch-up will be held at the neighbouring village hall. There will also be the chance to enjoy some old school games, including rounders, on the field.

On Saturday there will be a meet and greet drop-in at the village hall (11am to 5pm) with a memorabilia display plus refreshments. From 7pm to 10.30pm the Old Parrot Band which used to play at the school’s country dance events in the 1980’s will be entertaining, along with a bar and buffet.

It’s also hoped to set up some kind of video link for those unable to attend.

For more information about the event contact Mr Jones at jones432@btinternet.com