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Old Spalding school pals get together after 65 years




Eight Gleed Boys' School pupils from the early 50s were in the same room on Sunday for the first time in around 65 years.

The reunion had its roots in a Spalding Parish Church Choir photo from 1950 sent to us by David Pritty, who lives in Lytham St Annes.

Moulton man John Sanderson (81), an old pal of David's, followed that with a photograph of the 1951/52 production of Robin Hood - John was the title character and David played the minstrel, Blondel.

Eight Gleed Boys' School pupils reunited after more than six decades were joined by half-a-dozen Gleed girls from the same era.
Eight Gleed Boys' School pupils reunited after more than six decades were joined by half-a-dozen Gleed girls from the same era.

The two men set about organising a reunion and six of their contemporaries - Brian Marriott, Mick Smith, Mick Bowman, John Taylor, Pip Spencer and John Thorpe - joined them at Spalding's Cley Hall Hotel along with half-a-dozen Gleed girls from the same era.

The old classmates studied school photos and memorabilia, including school magazines, and swapped stories from their days at Gleed.

John told us: "We were extremely happy with how it turned out.

Looking at old school photos: (from left) Amanda Johnson, Janet and John Sanderson and David and Doris Pritty
Looking at old school photos: (from left) Amanda Johnson, Janet and John Sanderson and David and Doris Pritty

"We were there a couple of hours. We all said it was a pity we didn't do it 10 years ago.

"I don't think it could have gone any better - it would be nice to do it again, but time is not on our side."

John's family has strong links to the Gleed schools - his wife Janet attended Gleed Girls' School, as did their daughter, Amanda Johnson, who helped organise the reunion, and so did granddaughter Lauren Wells, visiting from Manchester as she celebrates her 30th birthday.

The cast of Robin Hood at Gleed Boys' School in 1951/52
The cast of Robin Hood at Gleed Boys' School in 1951/52

* The year 1952 saw the dawn of the second Elizabethan age, tea rationing end, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill announcing the UK had the atomic bomb.

While Gleed boys trod the boards in Robin Hood, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap began its legendary run in the West End.

And TV audiences saw Sooty and The Flower Pot Men (Bill and Ben) for the first time.

John Sanderson (left) with David Pritty in the Gleed Boys' School production of Robin Hood
John Sanderson (left) with David Pritty in the Gleed Boys' School production of Robin Hood


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