Around 300 people packed into the main hall and corridors of Prudhoe Community High School to mark the end of schooling in the 58 year-old building.
Past pupils, several head teachers, and many colleagues past and present, toured their old classrooms, and renewed friendships as they spotted familiar faces in a huge display of photos and memorabilia. Many enjoyed a look at the horrors of the old punishment book, and found out about the careers and destinations across the world of their classmates.
The huge turnout confirmed what a special place the school has in the hearts of the local community.
Dan Gowans said “ I had the best times of my life here, and made friends for life too.”
Jessica Ng (2008-2013) a 4th year medic, commented “ There are such a lot of memories in this old building”.
Maureen Newman, once Head Girl, recalled “ A mass belting in 1959 or 1960, for being too noisy!” Times have clearly changed!
Beverley Barnes (1989-1993) commented on “Fantastic memories of a fantastic school!”
Kathleen Tulip (1960-1964) recalled “The great discipline, great teachers, and I loved the school dinners!”
So with the sounds and smells of the old school sparking off fond memories, longest serving current teacher Gary Marshall led a toast, followed by the nostalgic ringing of the school bell to close proceedings.
As Deborah Tailford (1983-1987) said, “It’s the end of an era”.
This is the end of an era,….and the start of a very exciting new one as next year’s students look forward to moving into brand new custom built facilities at the New Prudhoe Community High School in September.