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Spalding High School 'Class of 1963' reunion planned at town pub in January 2020




Former Spalding High School students of the 1960s are being invited to a reunion in the town early in the new year.

Women who attended the school between 1963 and 1968 are welcome to come to the reunion at the Ivy Wall pub in New Road on Saturday, January 4, from noon until 3pm.

The reunion is the idea of Isobel Coker (67), now of London, who left the school in 1968 and eventually went into teaching herself.

Isobel Coker attended Spalding High School from 1963 until 1968.Photo supplied.
Isobel Coker attended Spalding High School from 1963 until 1968.Photo supplied.

Now retired, Mrs Coker said: "It's the first time I've ever done anything like this and I have no idea how many people will respond to the invitation.

"I'm making the reunion quite informal so that if there's a big response, a proper event can be organised by someone living locally at a bigger venue in the summer of 2020.

"Out of the 90-plus people who started at Spalding High School in 1963, some may have moved overseas and a few may have died.

Isobel Coker is organising a reunion of ex-Spalding High School students from the 1960s.Photo supplied. (24157181)
Isobel Coker is organising a reunion of ex-Spalding High School students from the 1960s.Photo supplied. (24157181)

"I used to live in London Road and when I left the school as a 16-year-old after spending five years there, I went on to work at the old Peterborough District Hospital and then moved to London where I did my teacher training.

"But I still come back to Spalding five or six times a year, mainly to see relatives, and that's when it struck me to do something about having a reunion."

Mrs Coker, a mother-of-two and married for 46 years, attended Spalding High School when it was spread across two sites.

One of them was the former Welland Hall building, now Ayscoughfee Hall School, while the other in Stonegate became Spalding High School's one and only site in 1986.

Spalding High School ceased to be a 'split site' setting in 1986.
Spalding High School ceased to be a 'split site' setting in 1986.

Mrs Coker said: "I remember starting off the school day in London Road and then because some of the lessons were at the Stonegate site, we had to rush over there in our break times to get to our lessons in the afternoon.

"I enjoyed my time at school and it probably sowed the seed for me to become a teacher later on in my life as I liked reading.

"I'd like people to come along to the reunion, see who else is there and then exchange contact details because I'm sure they would like to stay in touch with each other."



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