Spalding’s Gleed girls are still a class act

Former Gleed Girls' School teachers Rita Rudkin and Heather Bailey, seated front left, at the reunion with girls who attended the school between 1980 and 1985. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG270615-306TW
Former Gleed Girls' School teachers Rita Rudkin and Heather Bailey, seated front left, at the reunion with girls who attended the school between 1980 and 1985. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG270615-306TW
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A group of girls who were last featured together in the Lincolnshire Free Press 30 years ago were reunited on Saturday.

The big story last time was the CSE exam results for Gleed Girls’ School in July 1985 and a copy of the newspaper was amongst some of the treasured memorabilia at a reunion held at Spalding Rugby Club.

Six of the best ' the old girls who arranged the reunion were Rachel Parsons, Sharon Brooks, Alison Roberts, Stacy Edginton, Maz Culy and Michelle Smith. SG270615-309TW

Six of the best ' the old girls who arranged the reunion were Rachel Parsons, Sharon Brooks, Alison Roberts, Stacy Edginton, Maz Culy and Michelle Smith. SG270615-309TW

Around 55 old girls and two former teachers, Rita Rudkin and Heather Bailey, enjoyed a night of reminiscing and catching up with the latest news.

Michelle Smith, one of a six-strong group who organised the event, said: “A few of us had taken some bits in.

“We had a newspaper from July 1985 – the Lincolnshire Free Press, which was 18p at the time.

“I have kept it all these years because it had our exam results in.”

I have kept it (the Free Press) all these years because it had our exam results in.

Michelle Smith

Reports from school were also eagerly re-read.

Michelle said: “The teachers were smiling when they were reading their comments.”

Michelle, 46, a medical secretary at Gosberton Medical Centre, said her report wasn’t too bad, but the comment about her PE made her smile.

“It says Michelle works but puts very little effort into it,” she said.

She had the idea for a reunion about a year ago and mentioned it to a friend.

Five friends rallied round to help put the event on – Rachel Parsons, Sharon Brooks, Alison Roberts, Stacy Edginton and Maz Culy.

Michelle said it wasn’t that easy getting everyone together – although Facebook was a big help.

“Claire Jamieson, now Claire Kelly, travelled down from Scotland on the day, which was nice,” she said.

Among friends who couldn’t make the journey were Melinda Hird, now Melinda Atha, who lives in Australia, and Amanda Warren who is working with big animals as a ranger in South Africa.

The former school friends raised £388 for the Teenage Cancer Trust on the night ... and they’re already discussing what a great time they had with some thank you messages on Facebook.